King Power by Richard III
“This isn’t a fairytale, this really happened.” A humorous look at Leicester City’s recent surprising Premier League win. Told from the perspective of King Richard III, it maintains that his rescuing from a municipal car park on 26th March 2015 was the push that his beloved team needed in order to reach victory. Very royal, very funny, and very real, this is a must read for anyone who loves football, Leicester, or kings.
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
“Some of these things are true, and some of them are lies…but they are all good stories.” If you haven’t heard of Wolf Hall or Hilary Mantel, you’ve probably been living below an anti-literature rock. A historical fiction novel, it won the Man Booker Prize as well as the National Book Critic’s Circle Award. It tells the story of a king in his own right, Thomas Cromwell, as he rises through the court of Henry VIII. This is a proper yarn, but don’t worry if you want more once you’ve finished – Wolf Hall is part of a trilogy!
The Iron King by Maurice Druon
“This is the original Game of Thrones” – George R.R Martin. Before Game of Thrones there was the Accursed Kings, a series about 14th century royalty in France. This is the original historical fiction novel, full of scandal and intrigue. This one, the first of seven, tells the story of Philip the Fair and the curse that brings down his dynasty. If you’re hooked to Game of Thrones, this will sate your appetite whilst teaching you a bit about French history along the way.
She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England before Elizabeth by Helen Castor
“Amid the chaos and confusion, one thing alone was certain: for the first time, a woman would sit upon the throne of England.” Not strictly a book about kings per se, this is a non-fiction historical account of the women who took the place of kings in Medieval England. Helen Castor tells the tale of the women forgotten by history: Matilda, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Isabella of France and Margaret of Anjou. These women paved the path for later female rulers, impacting history forever. Read this if you like a strong-female character.
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