Royal Circular’s Reading Recommendations

Every month Royal Circular will produce a list of five books that we recommend you should definitely read. In the time of lockdown and quarantine, reading has never been more popular or more important and so Royal Circular are here for all your reading needs!

As we are Royal Circular, each book will either have a royal theme or a history theme however if we find a book outside of these categories that we feel we should share, we definitely will!

Not all books are new releases and some may even be older than you, however we guarantee they are more than worth a read!

So here are our Top 5 picks for April 2020.

The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family and Defiance During the Blitz.

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Erik Larson – A #1 New York Times Bestseller. Larson shows in cinematic detail how Churchill taught the British people the “art of being fearless”. The book is set against the backdrop of Churchill’s Prime-Ministerial country home, Chequers, his wartime retreat, Ditchley and Number 10 Downing Street. Using evidence from diaries, original archive documents and intelligence reports Larson provides a new account on London’s darkest year through the day-to-day experience of Churchill, his wife Clementine, daughter Mary and son, Randolph.

Amazon Review: 4.4/5

Prince Albert: The Man who Saved the Monarchy.

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A.N. Wilson – Beside Queen Victoria for more than two decades of her 63 year reign was her husband, Prince Albert. A.N. Wilson argues that Prince Albert was at the vanguard of Victorian Britain’s transformation as a vibrant and extraordinary centre of political, technological, scientific and intellectual advancement. More than just a royal, Prince Albert was an influencer, an architect, composer, engineer, soldier, politicial, linguist and bibliophile. Above all Albert was a genius. Drawn from the Royal Archives and Albert’s personal corrospondence this book offers fascinating insights about the man and his time.

Amazon Review: 4.7/5

Sophia: Mother of Kings: The Finest Queen Britain Never Had.

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Catherine Curzon – Sophia, Electress of Hanover was a Grandaughter of King James I and Mother of King George I and is often described as the finest Queen that Britain never had. Catherine Curzon brings this remarkable woman and her tumultuous era to life. Through personal tragedy and triumph, Sophia raised a family, survived illness, miscarriage and accusations of conspiracy. She missed out on the British throne by a matter of weeks, dying shortly before Queen Anne. She was the mother of one of the most dazzling dynasties the world has ever known. From House of Stuart to House of Hanover, this book has it all.

Amazon Reviews: 4.7/5

Chaucer’s People: Everyday Lives in Medieval England

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Liza Picard – An absorbing and revealing guide to England in the Middle Ages. Lives that were spent at the pedal of a loom, maintaining the ledgers of an estate navigating the high seas – this book is populated with the pilgrims from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Best selling author, Liza Picard, recreates the medieval world in glorious detail.

Amazon Reviews: 4.6/5

1666: Plague, War and Hellfire. 

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Rebecca Rideal – 1666 was a dramatic year for England with the outbreak of the Great Plague, the start of the second Dutch War and the Great Fire of London. Rebecca Rideal sheds light on these dramatic events revealing an unprecedented period of terror and triumph. Using original archive research and drawing on little-known sources, this book takes readers on a journey through a crucial turning point in English history. 1666 shows a country on the cusp of modernity and a series of events that altered the course of history forever.

Amazon Reviews: 4.5/5

Reads to Look Out For:

  •  Love in The Blitz: The Greatest Love Letters of The Second World War. Eileen Alexander – Released 30th April 2020.
  • Europe Against The Jews, 1880-1945. Gotz Aly. Released 1st May 2020.
  • Empress Alexandra: The Special Relationship Between Russia’s Last Tsarina and Queen Victoria. Melanie Clegg. Released 30th June 2020.



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