In fiction or fact, readers just can't get enough of the flamboyant histories of British royals.
Sisters of Treason (Simon & Schuster) by Elizabeth Fremantle is a novel about the two sisters of Lady Jane Grey trying to survive and thrive in the courts of Mary Tudor and Elizabeth I after Jane's execution.
Tudors Versus Stewarts: The Fatal Inheritance of Mary, Queen of Scots (St. Martin's) by Linda Porter is a British historian's account of the several generations of sometimes violent conflict in the 16th century between two powerful families.
Wars of the Roses: Stormbird (Putnam) by Conn Iggulden is the first in a new series by the bestselling author, a historical novel about the roots of the bloody struggle between the houses of York and Lancaster in the mid 15th century.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor