Sneak peek: March 2010 royalty books

March is going to be a good month for people who like to read about royalty! Here’s a glimpse of what publishers have in store for us. As always, publication dates are subject to change.

The King’s Smuggler: Jane Whorwood, Secret Agent to Charles I by John Fox. Jane Whorwood spied and smuggled gold for Britain’s King Charles I, organized escape attempts when he was prisoner, and may have had an affair with him.

George, Nicholas and Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I by Miranda Carter. About King George V of Britain, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia.

Jesus Wars: How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, and Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe for the Next 1,500 Years by John Philip Jenkins. A wide range of beliefs circulated until Roman royalty and church leaders decided to stamp out heresy.

The Stolen Crown: The Secret Marriage That Forever Changed the Fate of England by Susan Higginbotham. Fiction. Trapped in the Wars of the Roses, one woman finds herself sister to the queen… and traitor to the crown.

Shadow Princess: A Novel by Indu Sundaresan. Indian princess Jahanara and her sister scheme for power over their father’s harem and their country. Third book in a trilogy; the first two books are The Twentieth Wife and The Feast of Roses.

The Queen’s Lover by Vanora Bennett. Fiction. Married to England’s King Heny V as part of a treaty, Catherine de Valois is soon widowed. To save her son and herself, she must turn away from love. (Also published under the title “Blood Royal.”)

Anastasia’s Secret by Susanne Dunlap. Fiction. During the Russian Revolution, romance blooms between Grand Duchess Anastasia and a sympathetic guard. For young adult readers.

For the full list of new royalty books, visit the Royalty.nu New Royal Books page on March 1.

If I could only read one of the books listed above, it would be “The Stolen Crown” because I like author Susan Higginbotham’s blog and regret that I have yet to read any of her books. (I’m finding very little time to read these days.)

Which book would you choose?

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