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HMTLove23 06-05-2008 05:27 PM

How many Royal books do you own?
whether its a fictional or a biography. how many royalty books do you own.

I own 16.

5 about Diana.

6 about fictional royalty.

5 about other royal families.

and Im about to get the Princess Masako book. prisoner of the throne, i think theats the title.

Elspeth 06-05-2008 06:02 PM

Too many to count...:biggrin:

Most of mine are nonfiction, but I grew up reading the Jean Plaidy historical novels set in the Tudor era and the Georgette Heyer Regency Romances.

Menarue 06-05-2008 06:03 PM

I have every book I can get hold of about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
I also have about 5 about King Charles II. About 8 Queen Victoria, 4 about Princess Diana and many many more.
I am a member of www.librarything and I can recommend it to everyone who wants to keep their books in order, it does the statistics for you, keeps a tally of your favourite subjects and you can view your whole library on line. You can have up to 100 free and then for a small fee you can have as many as you want. I have listed about 300 of mine up to now but some members have about 5,000 books in their library.
I love it.

Menarue 06-05-2008 06:06 PM

Elspeth, one of my favourite books is "Bath Tangle" those regency fiction books are really entertaining and good reading. Like "Pride and Prejudice" some of them you can read over and over again.

Moonmaiden23 06-05-2008 06:29 PM

Far too many to count. I am both a Royalty and a history buff...I especially love reading about the Royal histories of England, France and Russia.

I have only recently discovered and become enchanted with the current Belgian Royal Family. I own one biography of Queen Fabiola and about five of the late King Baudouin, all of them ordered from France and Belgium and written in French.

When I was a child my late father would chastise me for not "expanding my horizons" and reading about different things, but hey. You like what you like!

These books take up about two thirds of my library.

HRH Kerry 06-05-2008 10:24 PM


Originally Posted by Elspeth (Post 775590)
Too many to count...:biggrin:

Most of mine are nonfiction, but I grew up reading the Jean Plaidy historical novels set in the Tudor era and the Georgette Heyer Regency Romances.

I own at least 25 Georgette Heyer novels. Of the books I own, Devil's Cub has to be one of my favs!

GlitteringTiaras 06-05-2008 10:34 PM

Like Elspeth, I have too many to count... both popular and scholarly.

Marengo 06-06-2008 03:47 AM

I think I have around 200 of them, haven't read them all though.

Stefan 06-06-2008 04:37 PM

Haven't counted my Royal Books but there are a lot. I have read most of them but a lot of them are also Photo-Albums with not so much to read.

Odette 06-06-2008 06:18 PM

A lot about the British Royal Family from Q Victoria on, one written by Prince Nicholas of Greece, father of Marina of Kent, One written by GD Marie's second husband about her life as a Greek princess (daughter of Q Olga) and a GD of Russia after marrying her first husband who was killed during the Bolshevik revolution, and a lot about Nicholas and Alexandra, Biography by Queen Noor and biography by the Shahbanou Farah...

pamk 06-06-2008 06:34 PM

Too many, too many ...
Lots of books about Diana -- some big coffee table books about royal jewelry and Versailles. I haunt the mark-down tables in the book stores hoping to find some royalty books ---
I am now reading a biography of Catherine de Medici --- very interesting ---

Attaining Grace 06-07-2008 08:46 AM

I don't have that many because I have got a lot from the library and my fiance actually has a lot! I think that I have read more of his royal books than he has!

Like you, Elspeth, I read Jean Plaidy and Georgette Heyer during my teenage years. Jean Plaidy's novels for children actually introduced me to English history, I think. Some of my favourites include Imperial Dancer, a book about Edward VII's mistresses by Aronson and Desiree, a novel about Napoleon's first love. I have also bought a lot of Royal Romance mags lately.

I've just read a biography of Edward VIII which I reviewed on my blog. I'd love comments!

Attaining Grace

HMTLove23 06-08-2008 11:40 AM


Originally Posted by HMTLove23 (Post 775568)
whether its a fictional or a biography. how many royalty books do you own.

I own 16.

5 about Diana.

6 about fictional royalty.

5 about other royal families.

and Im about to get the Princess Masako book. prisoner of the throne, i think theats the title.

17 now! I just bought the book about Mary, crown princess of denmark.

Elspeth 06-08-2008 01:27 PM

I see you're well on the way to the "too many to count" status that some of the rest of us have reached! Hope you enjoy the book, and don't forget to post your impressions of it in the thread about it.

norwegianne 06-08-2008 01:35 PM

I'm slowly building my collection ;) It's large enough for my guests to comment: So, you're interested in the royals? ;)

I'm also largely relying on the library to find a lot of the literature.

My biggest problem is that I'm in student dorms, and will have to move out when I graduate next year - and so building a too big collection now, will only be a pain when I have to move...

Elspeth 06-08-2008 01:53 PM

Living in the USA, I don't find much of interest about royals in the libraries so I'm pretty much reduced to buying books I want to read (at least, that's my excuse). You can sometimes get some good bargains on eBay or second-hand at Amazon. The other advantage to having the books on hand is that they're around if you need to look something up. But you're right - it's a pain when you have to move. Last time we moved (it was a cross-country move), the guy from the moving company came to assess our stuff to see how long it would take to pack and what sort of boxes they'd need, and he went a bit green around the gills when he saw all the books!

ladybelline 06-08-2008 04:09 PM

I own quite a few...both biography and fiction.

-the whole series by Simone Bertière on the French Queens, from Anne of Brittany to Marie-Antoinette.

-Victoria, by Evelyn Anthony. Queen Victoria's story from her coronation to her husband's death.

-Regards from the Dead Princess, about Ottoman Princess Selma, written by her daughter.

-L'Allée du roi (The King's Alley), by Françoise Chandernagor, about Madame de Maintenon.

Leslie2006 06-08-2008 04:33 PM

Hmm...I'll have to think on this one.

The Royal Diaries
Mary, Queen of Scots
Anastasia, the Last Grand Duchess
Marie Antoinette
Catherine the Great
Victoria, May Blossom of Brittania

Pakula, Hannah. The Empress Frederick: An Uncommon Woman
Erikson, Carolly. Alexandra: The Last Tsarina
Hibbert, Christopher. Queen Victoria: A Personal History
Kurth, Peter. TSAR: The Lost World of Nicholas & Alexandra
Brewster, Hugh. Anastasia's Album
Alexander, Robert. The Romanovs: The Final Chapter
Fraiser, Antonia. Marie Antoinette: The Journey
Packard, Jerrold M. Victoria's Daughters
King, Greg and Wilson, Penny. Fate of the Romanovs
Vickers, Hugo. Alice: Princess Andrew of Greece
Van der Kiste, John. Dearest Vicky, Darling Fritz
Romanova, Aleksandra. The Last Diary of Tsartisa Aleksandra
The Quest For Anastasia
Finding Grace in Monaco
Zeepvat, Charlotte. Queen Victoria's Family: A Century in Photographs.
Bergamini, John. The Tragic Dynasty
Lines of Succession
Alexander, Robert. The Kitchen Boy
Reader's Digest, Elizabeth: Fifty Glorious Years
Whitney, Catherine. The Women of Windsor
Weir, Alison. The Wives of Henry VIII
Lacey, Robert. The Queen Mother's Century
And one political book about Juan Carlos I of Spain, another Queen Victoria biography, and I'm planning on buying The Romanov Bride soon.

monica17 06-14-2008 12:35 PM

I've got 8 so far... (including 3 e-copies, downloaded for free)

Two on Marie-Antoinette
Two on the Grimaldis (Prince Rainier and Princess Grace)
Two on Empress Maria Theresia
One on Maria Carolina, Queen of Naples and Sicily
One on Emperor Franz Josef of Austria

I've just started my collection. Does anyone know of a good book on the Bourbon-Parma family circa 18th century? I'm particularly interested on Maria Amalia, Duchess of Parma (1746-1804). I think there's a book on her in Italian but it's so hard to locate, let alone get a copy of..... I would also like a book or a related book on her daughter, Caroline of Parma, who married into the Royal Family of Saxony.

RubyPrincess168 11-17-2008 03:59 AM

I never thought to count! I know my royalty books are in two different places - half on my book shelves (limited space) and half in boxes in storage. If I had to guess, I'd say maybe half(?) of my books are about the Romanovs. When I first began to get into the subject of royalty, I was interested in the last Russian Royal Family, what happened to them, their fortune, where there any survivors, etc. From there I branched out into Queen Victoria and her descendants, and of course the Jewelry! I've also inherited some of my mother's books on royalty when she was downsizing her collection.

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