Sneak peek: October 2011 royalty books

October is going to be another really good month for readers of royalty books. Once again I had trouble selecting just seven books to feature! Here’s your sneak peek:

Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings by Alison Weir. Biography of Anne Boleyn’s sister, who was Henry VIII’s mistress before he became involved with Anne.

Queen Elizabeth in the Garden by Trea Martyn. Robert Dudley and William Cecil competed for the favor of Elizabeth I by laying out extravagant gardens.

Napoleon’s Chicken Marengo by Andrew Uffindell. How Napoleon, bickering generals, celebrity chefs, adventurers, artists, and eccentrics created a tangle of myths about a chicken dish.

Ghost on the Throne: The Death of Alexander the Great and the War for Crown and Empire by James Romm. Alexander left behind a mentally damaged half brother and a posthumous son as his only heirs. Both became kings, and pawns of Macedonian generals.

Our Fritz: Emperor Frederick III and the Political Culture of Imperial Germany by Frank Lorenz Müller. How the hugely popular persona of "Our Fritz" was created and used before and after his 99-day reign.

Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman. Novel about the great medieval warrior-king Richard Lionheart.

The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory. Novel about Jacquetta of Luxembourg, mother of English queen Elizabeth Woodville. From Gregory’s series The Cousins Wars.

The full list of new books will be published on the Royal Books page on October 1.

If I could only read one of the books listed above, it would have to be Alison Weir’s biography of Mary Boleyn because the Tudors are one of my favorite topics and Alison Weir is one of my favorite historians. However, I’m also a Sharon Kay Penman fan, so I want to read Lionheart, too. Which book(s) would you choose?

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