Princes and Princesses Cover

The Book of Princes and Princesses

Edited by Andrew Lang
Illustrated by Henry Ford

Andrew Lang's famous colored Fairy Books were in fact only part, rather less than half, of a larger series of storybooks for children. Among the lesser-known books of the series is this book of stories about real-life princes and princesses.

These boys and girls don't have fairy godmothers or singing animal friends, but they still have all sorts of exciting adventures. Here you can read about famous people when they were still children, like Marie Antoinette, or Elizabeth the First, or the great conqueror Napoleon Bonaparte. There are also other princes and princesses you probably don't know, and their thrilling adventures and escapes, like Duke Richard of Normandy, who fled his castle hidden in a bale of hay, or Princess Henrietta Maria of England, who had to be dressed as a boy to slip past the Roundheads who wanted to kidnap her.

52 illustrations
320 pages. 8.5" by 5.5"

A full list of children's books edited by Andrew Lang can be found here.
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Full contents:
  • Napoleon    
  • His Majesty the King of Rome   [Napoleon II]
  • The Princess Jeanne    [Jeanne III of Navarre]
  • Hacon the King    [Hacon IV of Norway]
  • Mi Reina! Mi Reina!    [Marie Louise of Orleans, wife of Carlos II of Spain]
  • Henriette the Siege Baby    [Henrietta of England, Charles I's daughter]
  • The Red Rose    [Henry VII]
  • The White Rose    [Elizabeth of York, Henry VII's wife]
  • Richard the Fearless    [Duke Richard I of Normandy]
  • Frederick and Wilhelmine    [Frederick II the Great of Prussia, and his sister Wilhelmine]
  • Une Reine Malheureuse    [Marie Antoinette]
  • The 'Little Queen'    [Isabella of Valois, Richard II's wife]
  • Two Little Girls and their Mother    [Henry IV of England's wife Mary de Bohun, and her daughters Blanche and Phillippa]
  • The Troubles of the Princess Elizabeth   [Queen Elizabeth I]