Here’s a quick look at some of the new royalty books scheduled for publication next month. (As always, publication dates are subject to change.)
How Chiefs Became Kings by Patrick Vinton Kirch. Divine kingship and the rise of states in ancient Hawaii.
In the King’s Shadow by Philip Manow. How medieval ideas about kingship have influenced modern representative democracy.
A History of East Asia by Charles Holcombe. From the origins of civilization to the 21st century.
Queen Hereafter by Susan Fraser King. Novel about St. Margaret of Scotland. Sister of outlawed Saxon prince Edgar of England, she married Scotland’s King Malcolm III.
By Royal Decree by Kate Emerson. Novel from the “Secrets of the Tudor Court” series. At the court of Henry VIII, a young woman named Bess hopes to persuade the king to let her marry a divorced man.
The Princess of Nowhere by Prince Lorenzo Borghese. Novel about Napoleon Bonaparte’s sister Pauline and her tempestuous marriage.
The Golden Prince by Rebecca Dean. Novel, set in 1911, in which the future King Edward VIII has a romance with a society girl.
The full list of new royalty books will be published on the Royal Books page on December 1.
If I could only read one of the books listed above, I think I would pick “A History of East Asia” because I’m sure I’d learn a lot from it. Which book would you choose?