Sneak peek: October 2008 royalty books

Let's take a look at some of the new royalty books scheduled for publication next month. (Publication dates are subject to change.) You'll find the full list on the Books page in October.

The Conqueror's Son: Duke Robert Curthose, Thwarted King by Katherine Lack. Biography of William the Conqueror's eldest son.

Princes of Wales: Royal Heirs and Their Lives in Waiting by David Loades. British royal heirs, from the 14th century's Black Prince to the 20th century.

Faysal: Saudi Arabia's King for All Seasons by Joseph Kechichian. Biography based on interviews and key documents.

Imperial Politics and Symbolics in Ancient Japan: The Tenmu Dynasty, 650-800 by Herman Ooms. The Tenmu dynasty's years in power were marked by succession struggles, murders, and accusations of black magic.

The Emperors of Modern Japan edited by Ben-Ami Shillony. Essays about emperors Meiji (Mutsuhito), Taish (Yoshihito), Shwa (Hirohito), and Akihito.

Devil's Brood by Sharon Kay Penman. Final novel in Penman's trilogy about England's Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. The first two books are When Christ and His Saints Slept and Time and Chance.

A Question of Guilt: A Novel of Mary, Queen of Scots, and the Death of Henry Darnley by Julianne Lee. Historical novel in which a woman tries to prove the recently executed queen's innocence.

If I could only read one of these books, it would be "Devil's Brood" because I'm a fan of Sharon Kay Penman. Which book would you choose?

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