Sneak peek: September 2009 royalty books

Publishers didn't offer royal watchers and royal history fans many new books in August, but we're going from famine to feast in September! Here's a sample:

Elizabeth of York by Arlene Naylor Okerlund. Biography of the queen whose marriage to King Henry VII ended England's Wars of the Roses.

The Secret Wife of Louis XIV: Françoise d'Aubigné, Madame de Maintenon by Veronica Buckley. Biography of the uncrowned queen of France.

The Murder of King Tut: The Plot to Kill the Child King by James Patterson and Martin Dugard. The authors consider X-rays, Howard Carter's files, forensic clues, and stories told through the ages.

The Soul of the Rhino: A Nepali Adventure with Kings and Elephant Drivers, Billionaires and Bureaucrats, Shamans and Scientists, and the Indian Rhinoceros by Hemanta Mishra. Account of the author's attempt to save the endangered rhinoceroses of Nepal.

Cleopatra's Daughter: A Novel by Michelle Moran. After the deaths of their parents, Cleopatra and Marc Antony, twins Selene and Alexander come of age in the household of Roman emperor Augustus.

The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots by Carolly Erickson. The courageous, spirited queen tell her own story. (Fiction)

The Greatest Knight: The Unsung Story of the Queen's Champion by Elizabeth Chadwick. A penniless young knight, William Marshal, saves the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine. But being a royal favorite brings danger. (Fiction)

As always, publication dates are subject to change. The full list of new royalty book will be published on the Books page on September 1.

If I could only read one of the books listed above — oh, that's a tough one. I'd like to read them all. If forced to choose, I might pick "The Soul of the Rhino" because you can't find much in English about Nepal's former royal family. This book has chapters called "Palace Intrigues," "Rookie at the Royal Rhino Hunt," and "Rhino Versus Royalty." Sounds interesting.

Which book would you choose?

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