Sneak peek: June 2011 royalty books

Wow. June is going to be a big month for new royalty books, especially fiction. Here’s a sneak peek:

The Empress and Mrs. Conger: The Uncommon Friendship of Two Women and Two Worlds by Grant Hayter-Menzies. Traces the parallel lives of China’s Empress Dowager Cixi and American ambassador’s wife Sarah Pike Conger.

Aethelstan: The First King of England by Sarah Foot. Biography of the powerful and innovative King Æthelstan (924-939).

George II: King and Elector by Andrew C. Thompson. A detailed biography of the largely forgotten British king.

Finding Sarah: A Duchess’s Journey to Find Herself by Sarah Ferguson. Prince Andrew’s ex-wife discusses her struggles with comfort eating, self-loathing, reckless spending, etc.

Untold Story: A Novel by Monica Ali. A fictional princess (inspired by Princess Diana) fakes her own death.

The Tudor Throne by Brandy Purdy. Fiction. After Henry VIII’s death, his daughters, Mary and Elizabeth, become rivals.

Before Versailles: A Novel of Louis XIV by Karleen Koen. Fiction. France’s 22-year-old King Louis willfully takes everything he can get — including his brother’s wife.

Publication dates are subject to change. The full list of new royalty books will be published on the Royal Books page on June 1.

If I could only read one of the books mentioned above, I’d probably pick the one about Athelstan because I like reading about the Middle Ages. Which book would you choose?

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