We’re days away from the wedding. Even though we’re an ocean away and, though our Founding Fathers might be upset to hear it, we just can’t seem to get enough of the British Royals. Prince Harry Windsor’s upcoming wedding to American Meghan Markle is not a ‘royal’ wedding, per say, but it is an opportunity to see the Royal Family out with Monarchy on full display.
Though we remain proud citizens of a republic, it’s always nice to read up on how our old metropole is doing across the pond. BookUs is no exception to this and one need only look at several of our library staff selections to see how popular the British Royals remain. For my particular selection, there is a whole section related to British History. The British Royal Family is one of the most talked about subjects when discussing contemporary Britain.
While working on my Masters in British History, I received several questions about the Royals from fascinated onlookers. With this in mind, here are a few reading suggestions for those who can’t seem to get enough of Britain or her Royals.
Christopher Anderson’s Game of Crowns is an excellent read for those readers curious about the rumored gossip of Buckingham Palace. The book is written by a former palace insider who discusses the history and scandal of the current Windsor Royals. Princess Diana, Camilla Parker Bowles, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Her Majesty, the Queen all feature prominently. Anderson also speculates on the fate of the Monarchy once the Queen’s successors inherit the throne.
Maybe you’d like to read up on some of the more scandalous history of Britain’s Royal Family. Andrew Morton’s 17 Carnations looks at the relationship between Edward, Duke of Windsor, Wallace Simpson, and the leadership of Nazi Germany. Morton’s examination reveals Simpson’s extensive links to various top Nazi officials as well as seized Nazi documents that show Hitler’s plans to restore the Duke of Windsor to the throne in the event of a Nazi victory over the British Empire in the Second World War.
If you’d prefer to look at the future couple then you should consider placing a request on Leslie Carroll’s American Princess: The Love Story of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Carroll’s brand new book, just released on April 24th of this year, examines the romance between the Royal Family’s black sheep prince and his American bride. Andrew Morton, too, will be releasing a book on the future Mrs. Windsor titled Meghan: A Hollywood Princess. Both works examine the history of both and their recent activism on the world stage.
And, lastly, perhaps you’re not a fan of royalty at all. Perhaps you find all the discussion of Royal Weddings and Monarchy to be a bit too much. Might I suggest looking at Peter Gaunt’s Oliver Cromwell? You could read about the man who tried to abolish Britain’s Monarchy and establish a republic that would go on to influence our own experiment in 1776. Gaunt’s work offers a unique portrait into a conflict man who saw himself as performing God’s Will to destroy Monarchy.
So, whether you are a fan of the gossip, intrigue, romance, or ruin of the Monarchy…BookUs has a selection that will keep you entertained and fascinated this May as we experience the May 19th Wedding.
Eric is a Librarian Associate at the Erlanger Branch of the Kenton County Public Library and has been with the Kenton County Public Library since 2006. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Thomas More College in the History Department. In 2011 he received both a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in History and Associate of Arts (AA) in Political Science from Thomas More College. In 2017 he received a Master of Arts (M.A.) from the University of Cincinnati in History. Ask him for recommendations using our BookUs service.