Sneak peek: January 2010 royalty books

Did I just type that? Have we reached 2010 already? Wow. If that's what the calendar says, I guess I'll have to believe it.

So here's a glimpse at what publishers have in store for royal watchers and royal history fans in the first month of 2010. (Publication dates are subject to change.) For the full list of new royalty books, visit the Royal Books page on January 1.

The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir. Examines in detail the motives and intrigues of those who helped to seal the fate of King Henry VIII's second wife.

Catherine Parr by Elizabeth Norton. Biography of Henry VIII's sixth wife. Her life was one of duty, but she attempted to escape her destiny and find happiness for herself.

Notorious Royal Marriages: A Juicy Journey Through Nine Centuries of Dynasty, Destiny, and Desire by Leslie Carroll. A "funny, raucous, and delightfully dirty" 900-year history of European royal marriages.

Peter the Great by Derek Wilson. Biography of the ruthless and tyrannical tsar who modernized Russia and created a new Europe.

Horemheb: The Forgotten Pharaoh by Charlotte Booth. Ruling Egypt after Tutankhamun, Horemheb returned the nation to wealth and power.

Secrets of the Tudor Court: Between Two Queens by Kate Emerson. Fiction. Flirtatious, ambitious Nan Bassett tries to reassure Henry VIII of her family's loyalty. But Nan has a secret that could put her life in jeopardy.

Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter by A. E. Moorat. Fiction (obviously). Queen Victoria's thoughts are occupied by Prince Albert. Can she dedicate herself hunting demons when her heart belongs elsewhere?

I want to read all of these books, but if I had to limit myself to one, it would have to be the Alison Weir book, although a demon-hunting Queen Victoria is hard to resist. Which book would you choose?

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