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Fascinated by monarchs in history? I sure am. I’m always up for reading a book with heavy themes of royalty. With all the court scandals, complicated politics, and the unique ways of living…I just can’t get enough. If you’re like me, you’ll enjoy any of these fiction books about kings and queens. Side note, is anyone else just OBSESSED with the TV show Victoria on PBS Masterpiece?
Fiction Books About Kings and Queens
Less than a month before her 18th birthday, a young girl named Victoria is awoken one early morning and told shocking news. Her uncle William IV has just died, and she’s now officially the Queen of England! This book does a great job explaining the politics of royalty, and it’s very interesting watching young Victoria navigate her new life as Queen.
Keeping the theme of young girls in the royal courts, Anne is barely a teenager when her father suddenly sends her away. She’s sent to live and serve in the royal court of the Netherlands. As Anne grows up, she discovers what exactly she wants from her life. That is until, King Henry VIII himself, asks her to be his mistress.
1558. Ned loves Margery in a way that words can’t describe. But it’s not possible for them to be together, not when they’re on opposing sides of a religious conflict that’s currently dividing their country. So Ned moves on with his life and goes on to work for Princess Elizabeth. She becomes Queen and recruits a small organized team of spies. Ned joins the team, and from that moment on his and Margery’s impossible love story, becomes even more doomed. Btw, this book is 923 pages, but is well worth reading every page!
Another goodie by Daisy Goodwin! Beautiful Sisi is the empress of Austria. She feels unfulfilled in her marriage to her older husband Franz and does her best to avoid him. Her life is thrown into a whirlwind when she joins a legendary hunt in England. There she comes across Captain Bay, a handsome English horseman. He also feels the forbidden attraction that forms between them but isn’t sure if he’s ready to comprise his strong romance with an heiress named Charlotte. You’ll definitely lose some sleep trying to finish this novel in one go!
Scandalous Books About Kings and Queens
Another young queen, Juana finds herself wed at age 16 to the heir of the Habsburg Empire, Philip. In her high-profile marriage, Juana finds love within her new family, and all is well. But when tragedy strikes, Juana must go against her husband Philip head-on and claim the throne that is hers by right. The transformation of Juana and Philip’s marriage is intense.
Under the cruel employ of Empress Elizabeth, Barbara becomes a master in the art of lock picking, lovemaking, and most importantly – seizing opportunities in her grasp as they come her way. An opportunity comes in the form of a young Princess named Sophie. Together they work in secret to rise to a power that no one saw coming. Love all the girl power in this book!
Thrown out onto the streets at a young age, Lizzie meets a handsome young man who rescues her and brings her to safety. When he isn’t what he seems, Lizzie flees. She begins working at an exclusive brothel in London to make ends meet. Bartering her youth and beauty, Lizzie learns the art of seduction and the dangerous secrets within the men that she services. This book is very interesting and gives a closer look at the “harlots” of the 18th century.
Frances Grey never wanted her children to take the throne. Because as a cousin to the king, she knows firsthand the hardships that come with such a responsibility. So she’d rather marry them off to a family like the Dudley’s. Jane Dudley herself knows that her husband desires the throne, but she isn’t so sure that’s a good thing. Loyalty and betrayal are both big themes in this book.