Sneak peek: November 2012 new royalty books

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

Counting One's Blessings edited by William Shawcross. The selected letters of Britain's Queen Mother.

Alexander I: The Tsar Who Defeated Napoleon by Marie-Pierre Rey, translated by Susan Emanuel. Biography of the ruler who stood at the center of the political chessboard of early 19th century Europe.

The Summer Palaces of the Romanovs: Treasures from Tsarskoye Selo edited by Emmanuel Ducamp, photos by Marc Walter. New photographs and archive images. 340 illustrations, 289 in color.

Royal Romances by Leslie Carroll. European royal love stories, including Louis XIV and Madame de Maintenon, Catherine the Great and Grigory Potemkin, Marie Antoinette and Count Axel von Fersen.

Sparta's Kings by John Carr. A chronological account, from the founding Herakleidai clan to the Roman conquest in the 2nd century BC.

The Pharaoh: Life at Court and on Campaign by Garry Shaw. What it was like to be pharaoh, from birth to death, in private and in public, at court and on campaign. 234 illustrations, 172 in color.

Caesar in the USA by Maria Wyke. Examines Caesar's place in American culture, in the classroom, on stage, in cinema, television, comic books, and on the Internet.

The full list of new royalty books will be published on the Royal Books page on November 1.

If I could only read one of the books listed above, I think I'd pick "The Pharaoh." Which would you choose?

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