Royal Fiction List – Historical Fiction Novels about Royals

By Philippa Gregory: (I love her work; she weaves a great story!)

  • The Constant Princess
  • The Boleyn Inheritance
  • The Queen’s Fool
  • The Virgin’s Lover
  • The Other Queen
  • The White Queen
  • The Red Queen

By Jean Plaidy:

  • To Hold the Crown (about Henry’s father Henry VII)
  • Katherine of Aragon
  • The Lady in the Tower
  • The Rose Without a Thorn

By Margaret Campbell Barnes:

  • My Lady of Cleves
  • The Tudor Rose: The Story of the Queen Who United a Kingdom and Birthed a Dynasty
  • King’s Fool: A Notorious King, His Six Wives, and the One Man Who Knew All Their Secrets

By Carolly Erickson:

  • The Last Wife of Henry VIII

By Posie Graeme-Evans:

  • The Uncrowned Queen (set during the War of the Roses, Henry VII’s time)

By Alison Weir:

  • Innocent Traitor
  • My Lady Elizabeth
  • Mary, Queen of Scots, and the Murder of Lord Darnley
  • A Captive Queen

By Ella March Chase:

  • The Virgin Queen’s Daughter

By Barbara Kyle:

  • The Queen’s Lady
  • The King’s Daughter

By Kate Emerson:

  • Secrets of the Tudor Court: The Pleasure Palace
  • Secrets of the Tudor Court: Between Two Queens

Royal Diaries Series – by Kathryn Lasky

  • Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor, England, 1544
  • Mary, Queen of Scots: Queen Without a Country, France, 1553

By Susanna Dunn:

  • The Queen of Subtleties
  • The Sixth Wife

By Margaret George

  • Mary Queen of Scotland & The Isles: A Novel
  • Cleopatra
  • Henry VIII

By Laurien Gardner

  • Plain Jane: A Novel of Jane Seymour

By Rosemary Hawley Jarman:

  • The King’s Grey Mare

By Hilda Lewis

  • I, Jacqueline

By Jane Yolen & Robert J. Harris:

  • Queen’s Own Fool
  • Girl In a Cage
  • Princes Across the Waters
  • The Rogues

By Sandra Worth:

  • Lady of the Roses
  • The King’s Daughter

By Jeanne Kalogridis

  • The Devil’s Queen
  • The Scarlet Contessa
  • The Borgia Bride

By C. W. Gortner:

  • The Last Queen

By Ann Rinaldi:

  • Nine Days a Queen

By Carolyn Meyer:

  • Beware, Princess Elizabeth
  • Mary, Bloody Mary
  • Anastasia, The Last Grand Duchess
  • Isabel, the Jewel of Castilla
  • Patience, Princess Catherine
  • Doomed Queen Anne
  • Duchessina
  • The Bad Queen: Rules and Instructions for Marie-Antoinette (coming April 2010)

By Michelle Moran:

  • The Heretic Queen
  • Nefertiti
  • Cleopatra’s Daughter

By Jeane Westin:

  • His Last Letter
  • The Virgin’s Daughters

2 thoughts on “Royal Fiction List – Historical Fiction Novels about Royals

  1. Katelyn S. says:

    I love to read historical fiction, but one of my absolute favorite branches of history is royal fiction. I noticed, though, that you had not included the author Ann Rinaldi… she wrote “Nine Days a Queen”, which I really rather liked, although her books are usually quite short, and don’t have a whole LOT to them, since they are directed at younger readers. She also wrote The Quilt Trilogy series, which are okay, but aren’t based on royalty, and “Ever-After Bird”, which was really good! My absolute favorite book of hers, though, is “The Letter Writer”. It is, in my opinion, a great story, although it has a touch of melancholiness to it, and a bitter end. It is mainly about the south during slavery times. She also wrote “Or Give Me Death”, which is fixated on about the same time period. I love these kind of books, because they give more character to the Civil War, and explain the southern side of it… that is where I’m from, and I don’t appreciate that EVERY school textbook tells the story from the Northern point of view… but I’m getting off on a tangent, so back to the subject. Anyway, I was just thought you might be interested in some new titles.. I will have to try out some of Philippa Gregory’s books sometime! See you at school!

  2. areaderobsessed says:

    Oh, thank you so much for reminding me about Ann Rinaldi! I loved “Nine Days a Queen”. I read it when I worked at Northside; they had lots of her books. There just are not enough books about young Jane Grey. That’s why I love “Innocent Traitor” by Alison Weir, too. 🙂

    I also just bought the new Kate Emerson Tudor book “Between Two Queens”. I’m very excited about it. 🙂 Thanks so much for the suggestions, hun. They are greatly appreciated! I shall add them to the Reader Suggestion List.

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