Sneak peek: February 2012 new royalty books

Here's an early look at some of next month's new royalty books. As always, publication dates are subject to change.

Catherine of Aragon by Patrick Williams. The tragic story of Henry VIII's first unfortunate wife.

The Boleyns by David Loades. The rise and fall of Anne Boleyn and her family.

Queen Elizabeth II: A Diamond Jubilee Souvenir Album by Jane Roberts. A biography in photographs with 300 full-color illustrations.

The Prince's Speech: On the Future of Food by HRH the Prince of Wales. A 2011 speech by Prince Charles about the growing global food shortage.

Conquest: The English Kingdom of France, 1417-1450 by Juliet Barker. Henry V launched a campaign that would put the crown of France on an English head. Only a peasant girl, Joan of Arc, could halt the English advance.

The Crimes of Elagabalus by Martijn Icks. The life and legacy of Rome's decadent boy emperor.

King Peggy by Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman. Written by an American secretary who suddenly found herself king of a village in Ghana.

The full list will be published on the Books page on February 1.

If I could only read one of the books listed above, I think I might pick The Crimes of Elagabalus because I know almost nothing about him, and it looks interesting. Which book would you choose?

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