Sneak peek: June 2013 new royalty books


Again it's time for a sneak peek at next month's new books on royal topics. (Publication dates are subject to change.) For the full list of June's new royalty books, visit the Books page on June 1.

The Shadow King by Jo Marchant. The story of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun's mummy from its first autopsy in 1925 to recent arguments over its DNA.

The Millionaire and the Mummies by John M. Adams. Biography of archaeologist Theodore Davis, who found a record 18 tombs in Egypt's Valley of the Kings.

Women Shall Not Rule by Keith McMahon. Imperial wives and concubines in China from Han to Liao.

Brunei and Malaysia by Isa Bin Ibrahim. Why Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin of Brunei refused to join the federation of states which became Malaysia.

The Queen's Rivals: A Novel of the Grey Sisters by Brandy Purdy. Jane, Katherine, and Mary Grey are tyrannized by their cousins, England's Queen Mary I and Queen Elizabeth I.

Tarnish by Katherine Longshore. In this teen novel, Anne Boleyn is the odd girl out at Henry VIII's court until she accepts popularity lessons from dashing poet Thomas Wyatt.

If I could only read one of these books, I would pick Women Shall Not Rule because we rarely see books on topics like this. Which would you choose?

2 Replies to “Sneak peek: June 2013 new royalty books”

  1. For goodness sake!!! Will someone in authority say something to these brainless so called"authors"to stop writing all these tired and very boring novels on invented and or obscure Tudor or other ancient British royalty!!! Write something new and exciting maybe even about early 20th century European royalty . Their lack of creativity no longer warrants them as writers.they just write this kind of garbage because they're the lowest denominators in good literature and source for inspiration. STOP IT WITH THESE UGLY TRASHY FAUX non-existing non historical ancient English Royals . I'm sick of the same garbage about the families of Henry VIII, Anne Bolyen, and Elizabeth I.

  2. A few years ago I was wishing there were more novels about the Tudors! Now, as you say, there are too many. There are always fads. I think this one was triggered by the TV series "The Tudors." I'd like to see more historical novels about non-British royals. So many interesting topics get overlooked, but things are improving thanks to the boom in self-publishing, I think.

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