Sneak peek: December 2011 new royalty books

It doesn't look like we'll be getting many new royalty books next month, but there are a few intriguing titles headed our way. Here's a sneak peek:

Albert: A Life by Jules Stewart. Biography of Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert, who defined the culture of 19th century Britain.

Amenhotep III: Egypt's Radiant Pharaoh by Arielle P. Kozloff. The life of a pharaoh who ruled during the apex of Egypt's power.

The Power Game in Byzantium: Antonina and the Empress Theodora by James Allen Evans. Empress Theodora, wife of Justinian, and her friend Antonina both rose from theater backgrounds to positions of power and influence.

Regime Stability in Saudi Arabia: The Challenge of Succession by Stig Stenslie. Provides insight into the issues facing the royal family and ruling elite.

Stone of Kings by Gerard Helferich. The 300-year search for the lost sources of Mayan jade.

Conqueror by Conn Iggulden. Novel about Genghis Khan's grandson Kublai Khan, who devised new ways of warfare and built the dream city of Xanadu.

The full list of new books will be published on the Royal Books page on December 1. As always, publication dates are subject to change.

If I could read only one of the books listed above, I would pick The Power Game in Byzantium because I'd like to learn more about Theodora, who started out as an actress/prostitute and became an empress and saint. Which book would you choose?

2 Replies to “Sneak peek: December 2011 new royalty books”

  1. I would love to read about Theodora because she too fascinates me. She was kind of the Evita of the Byzantine Empire, and had a lot of power during a time where women did not have much of that. Too bad I already have so many books to read at this point, but I'll add it to my list of books-to-read.

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