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King, Kaiser, Tsar: Three Royal Cousins Who Led the World to War: Catrine Clay: Books 18 54.55%
Princess Margaret: Tim Heald: Books. 12 36.36%
The Royal Physician's Visit: A Novel: Per Olov Enquist,Tiina Nunnally: Books 4 12.12%
The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes by His Fool, Will Somers: Margaret George: Books 4 12.12%
Born to Rule, by Julia P. Gelardi, Paperback 9 27.27%
The Duchess Of Windsor: The Uncommon Life of Wallis Simpson: Greg King: Books 8 24.24%
Princess Masako: Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne: Ben Hills: Books 8 24.24%
A Royal Duty: Paul Burrell: Books 2 6.06%
Diana: Sarah Bradford: Books 5 15.15%
Ever After: Diana and the Life She Led: Anne Edwards: Books 2 6.06%
Christina Queen of Sweden: Veronica Buckley: Books 5 15.15%
The Kitchen Boy : A Novel of the Last Tsar: Robert Alexander: Books 8 24.24%
Margaret: The Last Real Princess: Noel Botham: Books 4 12.12%
The Marlborough House set: Anita Leslie: Books 9 27.27%
Amazon.com: The Mad King: The Life and Times of Ludwig II of Bavaria: Greg King: Books 4 12.12%
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Old 03-20-2008, 11:23 PM
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A couple of good choices. I've only read Born to Rule. Pretty good read but can be a tad confusing jumping back and forth with the different characters.
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Old 03-20-2008, 11:28 PM
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Thanks for the feedback Kerry. Oh and if you have some books that you still want to read, then we'd love to hear your suggestions.
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I've selected quite a few, and could happily read most of them. My first choice would be The Royal Physician's Visit, though I'm comfortable with whatever is selected.

I didn't realise that historical fiction could be included, which I think an excellent idea.
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Old 03-21-2008, 05:07 AM
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Thinking of historical novels, I have two favourites which immediately spring to mind, viz:

The Daughter of Time, Josephine Tey, is a much-acclaimed detective story. Written in the early 50s, it won a number of awards, particularly for its contribution to serious historical enquiry and discourse. It's an eminently readable novel which endeavours to acquit Richard III of the murder of his little nephews, and to many students of the era, including myself, succeeds. This award-winning novel is an excellent example of just how the historical record can be distorted for political advantage.

The second is Georgette Heyer's Royal Escape. Heyer is an engaging and deceptively light writer, but one of her Regency novels An Infamous Army, premised on the Battle of Waterloo, has actually been studied in some military academies due to the excellence of its depiction of military strategy.

Royal Escape concerns the defeat and flight of Charles II from England after the defeat in the Battle of Worcester in 1651. It's an intriguingly royal and suspenseful read.

I read both of these books as a teenager and delighted in them. I've read them both again, once or twice, as an adult, and their charms have not diminished.

Perhaps they could be included in some future list when the current suggestions have been exhausted?
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I suggested to ysbel that each year we might designate a couple of months for a particular type of book. So maybe we can look at having a historical novel sometime later this year and run a separate vote for it.

I grew up on the Jean Plaidy and Georgette Heyer novels, so I totally sympathise with your desire to see these sorts of books represented! I also like the Sharon Kay Penman books but they might be rather long for a club. The Sunne in Splendour is her version of rehabilitating Richard III, although she pins the murders on a different culprit from the one fingered by Josephine Tey.
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that's a great idea Elspeth!

i know this book is not on the list, but i just read it recently and thought it might interest some of you, it's called:
Leap of faith: memoirs of an unexpected life by Queen Noor.
it's just a wonderful book!
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I suggested to ysbel that each year we might designate a couple of months for a particular type of book. So maybe we can look at having a historical novel sometime later this year and run a separate vote for it.

I grew up on the Jean Plaidy and Georgette Heyer novels, so I totally sympathise with your desire to see these sorts of books represented! I also like the Sharon Kay Penman books but they might be rather long for a club. The Sunne in Splendour is her version of rehabilitating Richard III, although she pins the murders on a different culprit from the one fingered by Josephine Tey.
For certain long books we can give a longer time to read. So for example, instead of one month, we can take two months to read certain books.
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Old 03-21-2008, 02:57 PM
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For certain long books we can give a longer time to read. So for example, instead of one month, we can take two months to read certain books.
you are right! sometimes one month might be too short!
we should have two or three months to read!
by the way, thanks again for that wonderful idea with the TRF book club!
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We're glad you like the suggestion. I, for one, look forward to reading books I may not have thought of.

We're looking at having threads and chat sessions where members can discuss the books. With the threads we have the option of starting the thread after everyone has finished the book or we could start the threads when people begin the book so that people can talk about the book as their reading. It changes the discussion a bit. The first scenario will be the members all discussing a book they have all read to its conclusion; the second scenario will be members sharing their impressions of a book while they are reading.

Either one is doable.
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Well keep us posted when you all get started. I like the idea of real-time chat...
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Thank you!
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Old 03-22-2008, 11:19 AM
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My interests are two books. King, Kaiser, Tsar... and the one about King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Are they also accessible in German language?
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Old 03-23-2008, 01:34 AM
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Here you go:

Amazon.de: König, Kaiser, Zar. Drei königliche Cousins, die die Welt in den Krieg trieben: Catrine Clay,Michael Müller: Bücher

The other one isn't available at Amazon.de, so I doubt it's been translated.
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Here you go:

Amazon.de: König, Kaiser, Zar. Drei königliche Cousins, die die Welt in den Krieg trieben: Catrine Clay,Michael Müller: Bücher

The other one isn't available at Amazon.de, so I doubt it's been translated.
that sounds quite interesting!
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Old 03-25-2008, 01:13 AM
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Excellent suggestions, Empress.

This book-club is sure to prove a winner with so much available to us all and so many interesting suggestions.

I'm not conversant with some of your recommendations but I'm most willing to learn and absorb.
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Old 03-25-2008, 04:14 AM
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yes! i'll have to repeat it again too: that book club is GREAT!!!
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Well keep us posted when you all get started. I like the idea of real-time chat...
Andy is on travel at the moment but says he'll see about setting up the live-chat feature here when he gets back so we can use it for the book club as a supplement to the threads.

That might mean that we won't have our first book till May unless we want to choose something fairly simple for April as a sort of trial run and possibly do it without the chat.
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May is very doable! i'm looking forward to it!
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We have a list of about five people who've expressed interest in Tim Heald's Princess Margaret book. Are there any other people to add to the list?
I'm interested! I don't know much about princess Margaret's life. I like this idea of a Royal Book Club, but a new book every month may be a bit much for me. My budget is really tight, and royal biographies tend to be lengthy. Could we do a new book every 2 or 3 months?
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