Sneak peek: April 2009 royalty books

Here's a quick look at some of the new books about royalty that are scheduled to be published next month. (Publication dates are subject to change.)

A Great and Terrible King by Marc Morris. Biography of English king Edward I, one of the most important rulers of the Middle Ages.

The Ends of Kings by Geoff Brown. The death and burial sites of all English kings and queens since William the Conqueror. Includes maps and photos.

Shah Jahan by Fergus Nicoll. Biography of the 17th century Mughal emperor who built the Taj Mahal.

Murder and Mayhem in Seventeenth-Century Cambodia by Alfon Van Der Kraan. About a dispute between a Dutch colonial governor, Anthony Van Diemen, and King Ramadhipati I.

Diana: The Ghost Biography by Emma Tennant and Hilary Bailey. Fiction. A mysterious new employee at Balmoral seems to know the royal estate well. Is she somehow connected to the late Princess Diana?

King's Fool by Margaret Campbell Barnes. Fictional account of Henry VIII's court jester, Will Somers, who sees the rise and fall of six queens. First published in 1959.

The King's Confidante by Jean Plaidy. Novel about Margaret More, whose father was a friend of Henry VIII — and later became the king's foe. First published in 1954 as "Saint Thomas' Eve."

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

If I could only read one of these books, it would be "A Great and Terrible King." Which book would you choose?

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