Great books on European Royalty

A Listmania! list by Diane Lanier "history and trivia nut" (Huntsville, AL United States)
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The list author says: "These are some of my favorite books on royalty: the good, the bad, and the downright crazy. Decided bias towards English monarchs."
Kings, Queens, Bones & Bastards: Who's Who in the English Monarchy from Egbert to Elizabeth II
1.  Kings, Queens, Bones & Bastards: Who's Who in the English Monarchy from Egbert to Elizabeth II by David Hilliam
The list author says:
  "The title says it all."
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The Mammoth Book of British Kings and Queens (Mammoth Books)
2.  The Mammoth Book of British Kings and Queens (Mammoth Books) by Michael Ashley
The list author says:
  "A good guide of british royalty from the beginning to the present.  Gives good portraits that are fairly well balanced (although a little forgiving on the last few monarchs)."
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A Treasury of Royal Scandals: The Shocking True Stories History's Wickedest, Weirdest, Most Wanton Kings, Queens, Tsars, Popes, and Emperors
3.  A Treasury of Royal Scandals: The Shocking True Stories History's Wickedest, Weirdest, Most Wanton Kings, Queens, Tsars, Popes, and Emperors by Michael Farquhar
The list author says:
  "This is the first of Michael Farquhar's books on scandals.  If you like scandals, check out his other books.  Fun read!"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)

Royal Babylon: The Alarming History of European Royalty
4.  Royal Babylon: The Alarming History of European Royalty by Karl Shaw
The list author says:
  "My favorite book on royalty!  Not limited to just the english monarchs. (one quibble:  this book is not written in chronological order, so it can be confusing jumping across time)."
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Notorious Royal Marriages: A Juicy Journey Through Nine Centuries of Dynasty, Destiny, and Desire
5.  Notorious Royal Marriages: A Juicy Journey Through Nine Centuries of Dynasty, Destiny, and Desire by Leslie Carroll
The list author says:
  "Another book on the delicious lives of royalty."
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Royalty's Strangest Characters: Extraordinary But True Tales from 2,000 Years of Mad Monarchs and Raving Rulers (Strangest series)
6.  Royalty's Strangest Characters: Extraordinary But True Tales from 2,000 Years of Mad Monarchs and Raving Rulers (Strangest series) by Geoff Tibballs
The list author says:
  "Once again I cave to my baser interests."
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Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Plunges into Great Lives
7.  Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Plunges into Great Lives by Bathroom Readers' Institute
The list author says:
  "I've included a bathroom reader just for fun (if you discount that royal scandals aren't fun), although this book is not limited to royals  There is a second great lives by uncle john if you are interested as well."
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Peter the Great: His Life and World
8.  Peter the Great: His Life and World by Robert K. Massie
The list author says:
  "Hey, he won the Pulitzer for this!"
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Nicholas and Alexandra
9.  Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert K. Massie
The list author says:
  "Amazingly, Nicholas and Alexandra's private letters survived their assassination (they kept them in a suitcase that was found among their possessions).  Intimate and sympathetic portrait of doomed love."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (450 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Born to Rule: Five Reigning Consorts, Granddaughters of Queen Victoria
10.  Born to Rule: Five Reigning Consorts, Granddaughters of Queen Victoria by Julia P. Gelardi
The list author says:
  "Great book about the tragic granddaughters of Victoria."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France
11.  Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France by Leonie Frieda
The list author says:
  "Sympathetic portrait of a neglected queen who ended up ruling France for 20 years."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

Princesses: The Six Daughters of George III
12.  Princesses: The Six Daughters of George III by Flora Fraser
The list author says:
  "Sad story of the 6 daughters of George III (I don't think any of his children ended up having a happy life--and I think he had 13 kids!)"
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

White House Ladies: Fascinating Tales and Colorful Curiosities
13.  White House Ladies: Fascinating Tales and Colorful Curiosities by Webb Garrison
The list author says:
  "Hey, how about some American royalty!"
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The Raising of a President: The Mothers and Fathers of Our Nation's Leaders
14.  The Raising of a President: The Mothers and Fathers of Our Nation's Leaders by Doug Wead
The list author says:
  "These are the American queen mothers"
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All the Presidents' Children: Triumph and Tragedy in the Lives of America's First Families
15.  All the Presidents' Children: Triumph and Tragedy in the Lives of America's First Families by Doug Wead
The list author says:
  "This book came out from a request by George W. Bush when his father was elected president.  He wondered what happened to the children of presidents.  Unfortunately, most cannot handle living in the shadows of their fathers."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Sex Lives of the Kings & Queens of England
16.  Sex Lives of the Kings & Queens of England 
The list author says:
  "Hey, this is what we really want to know."
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Sex with the Queen
17.  Sex with the Queen by Eleanor Herman
The list author says:
  "Unfortunately, sex for the queen was not that great."
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Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge
18.  Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge by Eleanor Herman
The list author says:
  "For the kings, however, sex was VERY good."
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Victoria's Daughters
19.  Victoria's Daughters by Jerrold M. Packard
The list author says:
  "Another sad tale about the children of a monarch."
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We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals
20.  We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals by Gillian Gill
The list author says:
  "Excellent biography about the dynamics between a couple who loved each other dearly.  Unusual for royals.  Sympathetic depiction of Albert (afterall, he did have to put up with Victoria's extreme moodiness--he also had to be the chief parent--Victoria didn't like kids.  All the more tragic since he died at an early age)."
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King, Kaiser, Tsar: Three Royal Cousins Who Led the World to War
21.  King, Kaiser, Tsar: Three Royal Cousins Who Led the World to War by Catrine Clay
The list author says:
  "Again, an example of what happens when rulers inbreed."
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Royal Affairs: A Lusty Romp Through the Extramarital Adventures That Rocked the British Monarch y
22.  Royal Affairs: A Lusty Romp Through the Extramarital Adventures That Rocked the British Monarch y by Leslie Carroll
The list author says:
  "Ah, those randy royals.  You got to love them."
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In Triumph's Wake: Royal Mothers, Tragic Daughters, and the Price They Paid for Glory
23.  In Triumph's Wake: Royal Mothers, Tragic Daughters, and the Price They Paid for Glory by Julia P. Gelardi
The list author says:
  "Excellent book on the relationship that queens have with their daughters (almost always sad)."
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