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            The Firm: The Troubled Life of the House of Windsor
              

            The Firm: The Troubled Life of the House of Windsor (Paperback, New edition)

            By Junor, Penny

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            It would be hard to invent a group of personalities more extraordinary than the British Royal Family - known as 'The Firm' by Prince Philip. Looking at how the family really operates, this book reveals how they behave behind closed doors. It also questions what monarchy is for.

            ISBN 9780007102167
            Released AU 5 Jun 2006
            Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
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            The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors
              

            The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            Other Jones, Dan

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            First published in Great Britain as 'The hollow crown' by Faber & Faber Limited, 2014 --Title page verso.

            ISBN 9780143127888
            Released AU 6 Oct 2015
            Publisher Penguin
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            The Prince & I: My life with Prince Bira of Siam by Princess Ceril Birabongse
             

            The Prince & I: My life with Prince Bira of Siam by Princess Ceril Birabongse (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Birabongse, Princess Ceril

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            Back in print! The romantic story of the courtship, love and marriage of a young English girl and a Siamese Prince, racing driver, and sculptor. Set in the golden years of the 1930s, in a now-vanished world, before Siam became Thailand.

            ISBN 9781845845698
            Released AU 16 Sep 2019
            Publisher Veloce Publishing Ltd
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            Princess Masako
             

            Princess Masako (Paperback)

            By Hills, Ben

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            Diana, Princess of Wales, had it easy compared with another lonely princess, Crown Princess Masako of Japan. A thoroughly modern woman in collision with an ancient and unreformed system, Masako is a brilliant woman who sacrificed her career to marry a love-struck royal, Crown Pri...nce Naruhito. Ben Hills' Princess Masako steals a fascinating look behind the Chrysanthemum Curtain into the arcane world of the Japanese royal family. This dramatic portrayal of a modern-day oriental fairytale turned on its head details how Masako Owada struggles with the daily pressures of life in Japan's imperial court. Despite an Oxford and Harvard education, she has been subjected to the superstitious rites of the royal household agency in the hope that she will produce a male heir and prevent the world's oldest dynasty from dying out. With every move monitored closely by an overbearing bureaucracy behind the walls of a palace modelled on Versailles, where her few officially sanctioned pastimes include writing sonnets, Masako's figure radiates despair as she tries to forge a modern life within the tightly controlled realm of the palace. Inevitably, the strain has had an enormous impact on Masako. She is plagued with illnesses of all kinds, although the royal palace will not admit it. Ben Hills' fascinating portrait of Masako and the Chrysanthemum Throne sheds light on the Royal family's darkest secrets. Why did Kunaicho, the powerful bureaucrats of the Imperial Household Agency, oppose the marriage? Who are the faceless figures who persuaded Masako to give up her career and marry the prince? What is the real reason Masako had to abandon her studies at Oxford? Why does the throne refuse to discuss whether IVF was used to help the couple conceive their child? Why does it refuse to acknowledge Masako's illness, so evident to outsiders? What does the future hold for the star-crossed couple - and now with the birth of baby Prince Hisahito (son of Naruhito's brother Prince Akishino and his wi
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            ISBN 9781741667899
            Published AU 1 Sep 2008
            Publisher Random House
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            The Prince and the Assassin: Australia's First Royal Tour and Portent of World Terror
             

            The Prince and the Assassin: Australia's First Royal Tour and Portent of World Terror (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Harris, Steve

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            The engrossing real life story of how Queen Victoria's favourite son, Prince Alfred, undertook the most ambitious Royal tour, only for Australia's overwhelming joy of having the first Royal on its shores jolted by his decadent behaviour, then shocked by an attempted assassination... by a man trained as a priest. The British Empire's youngest and most distant outpost found itself at the epicentre of a new crime and empirical fears about the first inter-continental terrorist group, a conspiracy and a 'lone wolf '. In a resulting 'reign of terror' extraordinary steps were taken to safeguard security with laws on treason and sedition which even the Queen felt went too far, and the would-be assassin was hastily executed in a miscarriage of justice led by opportunistic politicians. This is an extraordinary and atmospheric weaving of the stories - some detailed for the first time - of royal intrigue, sexual appetite, religious bigotry, patriotic vengeance, naked ambition, national security and moral panic. They are stories of royals, immigrants, archbishops, republicans and the founding fathers of Australia and issues that remain with us today. Drawing on Royal, British and Australian archives, the compelling narrative embraces a pivotal time in the evolution of Australia, and on the 150th anniversary reveals how a minute of madness rocked the country to its foundations, with a legacy which helped shape Australia's history and continues to influence and challenge us today. Revelations' & insights in The Prince and the Assassin - Prince Alfred's spare heir upbringing as 'the chosen one' and prospective King of Australia - Sexually decadent royal behaviour - An historic tour which became the model for 50 subsequent royal tours to Aust - Religious bigotry, violence and death in early Aust - How a young migrant trained and destined to be a priest became an assassin - How the biggest crime in Australia shocked, shamed, terrorised and divided the country - How Henr
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            ISBN 9781925556131
            Published AU 1 Aug 2017
            Publisher Melbourne Books
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            Royal Mistresses of the House of Hanover-Windsor: Secrets, Scandals and Betrayals
              

            Royal Mistresses of the House of Hanover-Windsor: Secrets, Scandals and Betrayals (Trade Paperback / Paperback, 1st edition)

            By De Vries, Susanna

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            The genuine love match between Prince William and Kate Middleton has rekindled enthusiasm for the British monarchy. In the past, young princes reluctantly made arranged marriages and took mistresses.

            ISBN 9780980621624
            Published AU 23 Apr 2012
            Publisher Dennis Jones & Associates
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            The Mountbattens: Their Lives & Loves: The Sunday Times Bestseller

            The Mountbattens: Their Lives & Loves: The Sunday Times Bestseller (Hardback)

            By Lownie, Andrew

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            A major figure behind his nephew Philip's marriage to Queen Elizabeth II and instrumental in the royal family taking the Mountbatten name, Dickie Mountbatten's career included being Supreme Allied Commander of South East Asia during World War Two and the last Viceroy of India. On...ce the richest woman in Britain and a playgirl who enjoyed numerous affairs, Edwina Mountbatten emerged from World War Two as a magnetic and talented charity worker loved around the world. From the prize-winning and bestselling historian, Andrew Lownie, comes a nuanced portrayal of two very unusual people and their complex marriage to mark the 40th anniversary of Lord Mountbatten's assassination by the IRA. From British high society and the South of France to the battlefields of Burma and the Viceroy's House, this is a rich and filmic story whose characters include all the key figures of the Second World War. From Churchill and Montgomery to Roosevelt and Eisenhower; the Royal Family, including the Duke of Windsor, George VI, the Queen, Prince Philip and Prince Charles; to Charlie Chaplin, Noel Coward, Salvador Dali, George Gershwin, Grace Kelly and Merle Oberon. ****************************** Praise for Stalin's Englishman, a Guardian Book of the Year, Times Best Biography of the Year and Mail on Sunday Biography of the Year: 'An abundance of vivid detail... a matchless and splendidly exciting read' Times 'Complicated, revelatory: a superb biography more riveting than a spy novel' Sunday Telegraph
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            ISBN 9781788702560
            Released AU 3 Sep 2019
            Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
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            Princes at War: The British Royal Family's Private Battle in the Second World War

            Princes at War: The British Royal Family's Private Battle in the Second World War (Paperback)

            By Cadbury, Deborah

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            Princes at War takes up the story where the film The King's Speech ended as king and country are plunged into the Second World War and the greatest crisis in modern times

            ISBN 9781408845080
            Released AU 1 Apr 2016
            Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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            Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years

            Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years (Hardback)

            By Guy, John

            In 1583 Elizabeth is fifty years old, past childbearing, but her greatest challenges are still to come: the Spanish Armada; the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots; relentless plotting among her courtiers. This title presents a portrait of her life and times that reveals a woman wh...o is fallible, increasingly insecure, and struggling to lead Britain.
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            ISBN 9780670922253
            Released AU 18 Jul 2016
            Publisher Penguin
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            Blood Royal: The Story of the Spencers and the Royals
             

            Blood Royal: The Story of the Spencers and the Royals (Paperback)

            By Pearson, John

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            The Spencers are a dynasty and one of the most successful families that England has produced. 'Blood Royal' is the story of how the Spencers gained their power, how they used it and the twist of fate that achieved their grandest dynastic marriage.

            ISBN 9781448208012
            Released AU 1 Jun 2015
            Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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