Sneak peek: November 2009 royalty books

Well, November is not going to be a particularly exciting month for readers of royalty books, but here are a few potential gems. (Publication dates, of course, are subject to change.)

High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly by Donald Spoto. Biography based on never-before-published interviews with Monaco's Princess Grace and her friends.

The White Horse King: The Life of Alfred the Great by Benjamin Merkle. How a 9th century king of Wessex laid the groundwork for England's triumphs on the global stage.

A Gambling Man: Charles II's Restoration Game by Jenny Uglow. Biography. Britain's King Charles II took chances and manipulated his followers. His grand court and colorful sex life were on display, but his true intentions lay hidden.

The Samurai Capture a King – Okinawa 1609 by Stephen Turnbull. Detailed account of a 1609 clan raid on the kingdom of Rykkyu (modern Okinawa, Japan) and the spectacular kidnapping of the king. Includes specially commissioned artwork.

Visit the Royal Books page next month for the full list of new royalty books. (I'm not finished with my search yet, so maybe I'll find a few more gems before November 1.)

If I could only read one of the books mentioned above, it would be "A Gambling Man" because I liked Jenny Uglow's biography of Mrs. Gaskell. Which book would you choose?

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