Again it’s time for a sneak peek at next month’s new books on royal topics. (Publication dates are subject to change.) For the full list of June’s new royalty books, visit the Royalty.nu Books page on June 1.
The Shadow King by Jo Marchant. The story of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun’s mummy from its first autopsy in 1925 to recent arguments over its DNA.
The Millionaire and the Mummies by John M. Adams. Biography of archaeologist Theodore Davis, who found a record 18 tombs in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings.
Women Shall Not Rule by Keith McMahon. Imperial wives and concubines in China from Han to Liao.
Brunei and Malaysia by Isa Bin Ibrahim. Why Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin of Brunei refused to join the federation of states which became Malaysia.
The Queen’s Rivals: A Novel of the Grey Sisters by Brandy Purdy. Jane, Katherine, and Mary Grey are tyrannized by their cousins, England’s Queen Mary I and Queen Elizabeth I.
Tarnish by Katherine Longshore. In this teen novel, Anne Boleyn is the odd girl out at Henry VIII’s court until she accepts popularity lessons from dashing poet Thomas Wyatt.
If I could only read one of these books, I would pick Women Shall Not Rule because we rarely see books on topics like this. Which would you choose?