Sneak peek: May 2016 new royalty books

After a recent dry spell, I'm pleased to report that next month will bring us a flood of new books about royalty. Here's a sampling. (As always, publication dates are subject to change.)

The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore. The most successful dynasty of modern times, the Romaonvs ruled a sixth of the world's surface for three centuries.

Celestial Women by Keith McMahon. About imperial wives and concubines in China from the Song dynasty to the Qing dynasty.

Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years by John Guy. Only after she reached age 50 did England's Queen Elizabeth I begin to wield real power in her own right. This biography reveals the woman behind the polished veneer.

Isabella of France by Kathryn Warner. Wife of England's King Edward II, Isabella (c. 1295-1358) rebelled against her husband.

Edward VIII: The Uncrowned King by Piers Brendon. Biography of the 20th century British king who abdicated for love.

The Queen's People. This hand-bound, limited-edition volume of photos captures the pageantry of the modern British Royal Court's intricate ceremonial dress and regalia.

Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen by Alison Weir. Fictional account of the life of Henry VIII's first queen. This is the first novel in Weir's Six Tudor Queens series.

The full list of new royalty books will be published on the Books page on the first of the month.

If I could only read one of the books listed above, I would have to pick The Romanovs. Check out the Editorial Reviews section on its page and you'll see why! Which book would you choose?

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