The official companion to the critically acclaimed Netflix drama
about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, The
Crown by Peter Morgan, featuring additional historical
background and exclusive images.
Starring Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II and John Lithgow as
Winston Churchill, Netflix's original series The Crown,
created by Peter Morgan and growing out of his Oscar-winning
movie The Queen starring Helen Mirren, paints
a unique and intimate portrait of Britain's longest-reigning
This biography of Victoria highlights the many dramas of her life.
For example, she was fatherless at eight months and treated poorly
by her family, but survived to become the only English queen
comparable to Elizabeth I. The character of Victoria herself,
stubborn and vital, is also drawn out.
She ascended the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland in
1702, at age thirty-seven, Britain’s last Stuart monarch, and
five years later united two of her realms, England and Scotland, as
a sovereign state, creating the Kingdom of Great Britain.
The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern
times, ruling a sixth of the world’s surface for three
centuries. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into
the world’s greatest empire. And how did they lose it
An engrossing and revolutionary biography of Isabella of
Castile, the controversial Queen of Spain who sponsored Christopher
Columbus's journey to the New World, established the Spanish
Inquisition, and became one of the most influential female rulers
Born at a time when Christianity was dying out and the Ottoman
Empire was aggressively expanding, Isabella was inspired in her
youth by tales of Joan of Arc, a devout young woman who unified her
people and led them to victory against foreign invaders.
“Michael Farquhar doesn’t write about history the
way, say, Doris Kearns Goodwin does. He writes about history the
way Doris Kearns Goodwin’s smart-ass, reprobate kid brother
might. I, for one, prefer it.”—Gene Weingarten,
two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and Washington Post
You think you know her story. You’ve read the Brothers Grimm,
you’ve watched the Disney cartoons, you cheered as these
virtuous women lived happily ever after. But the lives of real
princesses couldn’t be more different. Sure, many were
graceful and benevolent leaders—but just as many were
ruthless in their quest for power, and all of them had skeletons
rattling in their royal closets.
Empress Dowager Cixi (1835–1908) is the most important woman
in Chinese history. She ruled China for decades and brought a
medieval empire into the modern age.
At the age of sixteen, in a nationwide selection for royal
consorts, Cixi was chosen as one of the emperor’s numerous