Sneak peek: March 2011 royalty books

March is going to be another very good month for new royalty books! Here’s a small sampling of what publishers have in store for us.
As always, publication dates are subject to change.

Royal Pains by Leslie Carroll. Looks at some of European history’s boldest, baddest, and bawdiest royals.

Behind the Palace Doors: Five Centuries of Sex, Adventure, Vice, Treachery, and Folly From Royal Britain by Michael Farquhar. Stories about every monarch from Henry VIII to Elizabeth II.

Scandalous Women by Elizabeth Kerri Mahon. The lives and loves of history’s most notorious women (including Cleopatra).

The King’s Speech: The Shooting Script by David Seidler. Screenplay for the movie about King George VI and the speech therapist.

Solomon: The Lure of Wisdom by Steven Weitzman. Tells the story of ancient Israel’s greatest ruler. (Nonfiction)

The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon translated by Arthur Waley. This diary of a 10th century Japanese courtesan chronicles court ceremonies and celebrations at the palace of Empress Teishi.

The Making of a Royal Romance: William, Kate, and Harry — A Look Behind the Palace Walls by Katie Nicholl. This expanded edition of Nicholl’s 2010 book¬†William and Harry: Behind the Palace Walls has a new preface, an epilogue, and two new chapters focusing on Prince William’s romance with bride-to-be Kate Middleton.

I’ll publish the full list of new royalty books on the Royal Books page on March 1.

If I could only read one of the books listed above — well, it’s easy to answer that this month. I would pick “Behind the Palace Doors” because I’ve already received a review copy. I’ve only read the first few pages, but it made me chuckle several times. I’m also interested in most of the other books, although I’m not sure if I’d like the Margaret George book — I enjoyed her Henry VIII novel, but found her Cleopatra novel so slow-paced that I never finished it.

Which of these books would you choose?

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