This month there are two new royalty book covers that I like a lot. Both books are reissues of old historical novels.
The Passionate Brood by Margaret Campbell Barnes, originally published (I think) in 1945, imagines Robin Hood as a foster brother of England’s King Richard I. I like its colorful new cover. But my favorite royal book cover of the month is this one:
First published in 1986, Lady of Hay by Barbara Erskine is about a modern journalist named Jo who relives the life of a 13th century woman, Matilda, under hypnotism. As she learns of Matilda’s unhappy marriage and the brutal treatment she received from England’s King John, it seems “Jo’s past and present are hopelessly entwined,” according to the book’s description.
Have you read either of these books? What do you think of their new covers? Do you like them as much as I do?