Sneak peek: January 2015 new royalty books


Publishers have a variety of new royalty books waiting for us next month! Here is your sneak peek. (Publication dates are subject to change.)

Darius in the Shadow of Alexander by Pierre Briant, translated by Jane Marie Todd. The first book ever devoted to the historical memory of Alexander the Great's enemy Darius III, who ruled over the Persian Empire.

Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary by Anita Anand. Born in 1876, Sophia Duleep Singh was the daughter of Duleep Singh, exiled maharaja the kingdom of the Sikhs. Raised a genteel Englishwoman, she joined the struggles for Indian independence and female suffrage.

Eleanor of Castile: The Shadow Queen by Sara Cockerill. The wife of England's King Edward I, Eleanor was her husband's close adviser, ventured on Crusade, and endured captivity amid a civil war.

Wolsey: The Life of King Henry VIII's Cardinal by John Matusiak. Biography of Thomas Wolsey, a man of contradictions and extremes whose meteoric rise was followed by a descent into desperation.

The Charmed Circle by Rebecca Gates-Coon. In late 18th-century Vienna, five aristocratic women achieved social preeminence and acclaim as close associates of Emperor Joseph II.

The full list of new royalty books will appear on the Books page on New Year's Day.

If I could only read one of the books listed above, I would probably pick Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary because it looks intriguing. Which book would you choose?

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