Sneak peek: February 2009 royalty books

Once again it's time to take a look at some of the new royalty books scheduled to be published next month:

Anne Boleyn: Henry VIII's Obsession by Elizabeth Norton. Biography of the controversial Tudor queen.

Living Off the State: A Critical Guide to Royal Finance by Jon Temple. Examines the finances of the British royal family. Available from Alibris.

The Last Days of the Romanovs: Tragedy at Ekaterinburg by Helen Rappaport. The final 13 days of Russian tsar Nicholas II and his family.

The Tsar and the President: Alexander II and Abraham Lincoln – Liberator and Emancipator edited by Marilyn Pfeifer Swezey. Essays about the two reformist leaders, who both faced violent dissent. Includes more than 50 illustrations.

Pauline Bonaparte: Venus of Empire by Flora Fraser. Biography of Napoleon's favorite sister, who shocked the continent with her love affairs.

The Pleasure Palace by Kate Emerson. Fictional account of a lady-in-waiting, Jane Popyngcourt, in the perilous court of England's King Henry VIII.

The High City by Cecelia Holland. Novel. A foreign mercenary catches the eye of Byzantine emperor Basil II's wife.

Publication dates are subject to change. I'll publish my full list of new royalty books on the Royal Books page on February 1. (If you want to recommend a book for the list, my contact info is here.)

If I could only read one of the books listed above, it would probably be "Pauline Bonaparte," because it looks interesting, although the two Tudor books appeal to me, too. Which book would you choose?


One Reply to “Sneak peek: February 2009 royalty books”

  1. Probably the one on Pauline Bonaparte and the novel by Kate Emerson. I have Elizabeth Norton's book "She-Wolves" on medieval queens and found some very strange errors in the chapters I read, so I'm not sure I'd spend the money on the Anne Boleyn one.

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