Ladies Who Worked the Crown and Owned the Throne

The popularity of The Crown and Victoria has revived interest in some of the women who shaped our modern world while managing their own personal dramas behind palace doors. What better time than Women’s History Month to celebrate the lives of some of history’s most compelling leaders with these recommended books?


catherine the great robert massie Catherine the Great, by Robert K. Massie


Cleopatra, by Stacy Schiff


Empress Dowager Cixi, by Jung Chang


 The Rival Queens: Catherine de’ Medici, Her Daughter Marguerite de Valois, and the Betrayal That Ignited a Kingdom, by Nancy Goldstone


pirate queen susan ronald The Pirate Queen: Queen Elizabeth I, Her Pirate Adventures, and the Dawn of Empireby Susan Ronald


The Queen: A Biography of Elizabeth IIby Ben Pimlott


 Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuartby John Guy


She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth, by Helen Castor

sovereign ladies maureen waller


 Sovereign Ladies: The Six Reigning Queens of Englandby Maureen Waller


 Victoria, by A.N. Wilson


The Woman Who Would Be King, by Kara Cooney





About the Author:

Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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