Sneak peek: January 2017 new royalty books

Merry Christmas! It looks like the new year is going to start off with some excellent new royalty books. Here's your sneak peek. (As always, publication dates are subject to change.)

The First Prince of Wales? by Sean Davies. About Bleddyn ap Cynfyn, an 11th century ruler of Gwynedd and Powys who tried to recreate the kingdom of Wales.

Blanche of Castile by Lindy Grant. The first modern scholarly biography of the 13th century French queen who was the mother of saintly Louis IX.

Dining at the Safavid Court: 16th Century Royal Persian Recipes by M. R. Ghanoonparvar. Translation of a culinary treatise prepared for Shah Abbas I, along with modernized recipes.

Battle Royal by Hugh Bicheno. The first volume of a two-part history of England's 15th century Wars of the Roses.

Mary I: The Daughter of Time by John Edwards. A short biography of the English queen whose reputation was buried under a mass of propaganda during the reign of Elizabeth I.

Victoria by Helen Rappaport. This book follows the early years of the young British queen's reign, based on her own letters and journals.

Two Empresses by Brandy Purdy. Fiction. The story of two beautiful cousins from the island paradise of Martinique. One becomes empress of France, and the other finds herself in the sultan of Turkey's harem.

For ALL of January 2017's new royalty books, visit the Books page on or after New Year's Day.

If I could only read one of the books listed above, I think I would pick Dining at the Safavid Court because it's something different (I'm not aware of any other books on the topic). Which book would you choose?

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