This is a list of biographical novels based on European monarchs/nobility (excluding Britain) beginning from the fall of the Roman Empire and categorized by nation. City-states that now lie within a larger collective nation are categorized under such (ie, a King of Naples is found under “Italy”), but in order to avoid overlap, kingdoms and empires which once covered what is today many nations will be categorized historically (ie, rulers of Austria-Hungary will have their own category to avoid duplicate listings under Austria and Hungary). I know it’s often more complex than that but I’ve done the best I can.

The list includes out of print and self published novels. I do not distinguish by quality so read at your own risk but I do try to note different sub-genres, publishing types, and availability. The intent is to provide a complete reference list of every novel ever written on each monarch/consort.

This is forever a work in progress so if you see any errors or missing books, please let me know with this form or you can contact me at Goodreads.

Other lists:

British Royalty Historical Fiction

Ancient Royalty Historical Fiction

Asian Royalty Historical Fiction (coming soon)

For non-fiction, see Royalty.nu (no association).

Table of Contents


Austria-Hungary

Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary


Bohemia

Ottokar II of Bohemia


Byzantine Empire

Justinian I (527-565) and Theodora

Phocas (602-610)

Irene of Athens (Empress Regnant 797-802)

Michael III (842-867)

Constantine VII (913-959)

Basil II (976-1025)

Alexios I Komnenos (1081-1118)

Alexios II Komnenos (1180-1183) and Agnes of France

Andronikos I Komnenos (1183-1185) and Agnes of France


Denmark

Sweyn Forkbeard (King of Denmark 986-1014, King of Norway 986-995, 999-1014, King of England 1013-1014)

Christian II (King of Denmark 1513-1523)

Christian IV (King of Denmark and Norway 1588-1648)

Christian VII (King of Denmark and Norway 1766-1808) and consort Caroline Matilda of Great Britain


France

Louis VII (King of France 1131-1180), Eleanor of Aquitaine, Constance of Castile, and Adele of Champagne

Philip II (King of France 1179-1223)

Louis VIII, “The Lion” (King of France 1223-1226) and Blanche of Castile

Louis IX (King of France 1226-1270) and Margaret of Provence

Philip IV, “Philip the Fair” (King of France 1285-1314)

Louis X (King of France 1314-1316) and consorts Margaret of Burgundy and Clementia of Hungary

Philip V (King of France 1316-1322)

Charles IV (King of France 1322-1328)

Philip VI (King of France 1328-1350)

John II (King of France 1350-1364)

Charles VI (King of France 1380-1422)

Charles VII (King of France 1422-1461) and Marie of Anjou

Louis XII (King of France 1498-1515) and Joan of France, Anne (Duchess of Brittany), and Mary Tudor

Henry II (King of France 1547-1559) and Catherine de Medici

Henry IV and Margaret de Valois

Louis XI

Louis XIII and Anne of Austria

Louis XIV “The Sun King”

Louis XV

Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette

Napoleon Bonaparte (Emperor of the French 1804-1815)

Napoleon III and consort Eugénie de Montijo


Frankish Kingdom

Clovis I (King of the Franks 509-511)

Chlothar I (King of the Franks 511-561)

Dagobert I (King of the Franks 629-634)

Charles Martel (Duke/Prince/de facto King of the Franks 718-741)

Pepin the Short (King of the Franks 752-768)

Charlemagne (King of the Franks, King of the Lombards, First Holy Roman Emperor)


Georgia

Tamar of Georgia (1184-1213)


Germany

George II (Elector of Hanover) and Sophia Dorothea

Frederick V Elector Palatine (Frederick I of Bohemia) and Elizabeth Stuart

Wilhelm II (German Emperor and King of Prussia)


Holy Roman Empire

Charlemagne (King of the Franks, King of the Lombards, First Holy Roman Emperor)

Otto II (Holy Roman Emperor 967-983)

Frederick II (Holy Roman Emperor 1220-1250)


Hungary

Countess Elizabeth Bathory “The Blood Countess”


Italy/Vatican

Bohemond I (Prince of Taranto 1088-1111, and Antioch)

Roger II (King of Sicily 1130-1154)

William II (King of Sicily 1166-1189) and consort Joan of England

Joanna I (Queen of Naples 1343-1382)

        

Louis II (King of Naples 1389-1399) and Yolande of Aragon

Isabella d’Este (Marchesa of Mantua)

Cardinal Cosimo de Medici (died 1464)

Lorenzo de’ Medici (de facto ruler of Florentine Republic, died 1492)

Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia and family)

Alfonso I d’Este (Duke Ferrara, died 1534)

Cosimo I de’ Medici (Duke of Florence 1537-1569, Grand Duke of Tuscany 1569-1574)

Alfonso II d’Este, Duke of Ferrara (1559-1597), Lucrezia de’ Medici, Barbara of Austria, and Margherita Gonzaga 

Cosimo III de’ Medici (Grand Duke of Tuscany 1670-1723)


Norway

Eric Haraldsson, “Eric Bloodaxe” (King of Norway 931-933, King of Northumbria 947-948, 952-954)

Haakon Haraldsson “Haakon the Good” (King of Norway 934-961)

Sweyn Forkbeard (King of Norway 986-995, 999-1014, King of Denmark 986-1014, King of England 1013-1014)

Harald Hardrada (King of Norway, 1046-1066)

Christian IV (King of Denmark and Norway 1588-1648)

Christian VII (King of Denmark and Norway 1766-1808) and consort Caroline Matilda of Great Britain

Charles XIV John (King of Sweden and Norway 1818-1844) and consort Désirée Clary


Romania

Vlad III “Vlad the Impaler” (Prince of Wallachia 1448, 1456-1462, 1476)


Russia

Peter the Great

Catherine the Great

Alexander I

Nicholas II and Alix of Hesse (including family and Rasputin)


Spain

Alfonso VIII of Castile (1158-1214) and Eleanor of England

Yolande of Aragon (b. 1384, d. 1442), titular Queen of Aragon, Duchess of Anjou (consort)

Isabella of Castile (1474-1504) and Ferdinand of Aragon (1475-1516)

Juana of Castile (ruled Castile in name 1504-1555, ruled Aragon in name 1516-1555) and Philip I of Castile (co-ruled Castile 1506)

Maria Cayetana de Silva, 13th Duchess of Alba 1776-1802


Sweden

Christina, Queen of Sweden

Charles XIV John (King of Sweden and Norway 1818-1844) and consort Désirée Clary