Sneak peek: February 2010 royalty books

It's time again for a sneak peek at some of next month's new books about royal history! You'll find the full list on the Royalty Books page on February 1.

The Secret History of the Mongol Queens by Jack Weatherford. How the daughters of Genghis Khan rescued his empire.

Royal Prayers: A Surprising History by David Baldwin. From Queen Hatshepsut to Diana, Princess of Wales, prayers by and for royalty can have immense consequence for the psyche of a nation.

The Tudors: The Complete Story of England's Most Notorious Dynasty by G. J. Meyer. The sinners and saints, tragedies and triumphs of the Tudor family.

Edward IV and the Wars of the Roses by David Santiuste. The most effective general of the Wars of the Roses, Edward IV died in his bed, undefeated in battle. This book examines his military role.

The Murder of the Romanovs by Andrew Cook. Draws upon new evidence to show that the entire family of Russia's last tsar was executed, despite claims that some survived.

The Ides: Caesar's Murder and the War for Rome by Stephen Dando-Collins. Examines the assassination of Julius Caesar and the vicious power struggle that followed.

The Ides of March by Valerio Massimo Manfredi. Fiction. It is March, 44 BC. Enemies are conspiring against Gaius Julius Caesar and it seems nothing can save him, not even his loyal friend, his wife, or his lover.

As always, publication dates are subject to change.

If I could only read one of these books, it would be "The Secret History of the Mongol Queens" because I know little about Genghis Khan and his family. Which book would you choose?

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