Mailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share what books that we found in our mailboxes last week. And I am adding what I purchased, swapped, etc.
Not a big week as far as the quantity of books are concerned, but quality is always most important.
From Paperbackswap, I received:
To the Tower Born by Robin Maxwell
This is a great follow-up for those who read and loved Philippa Gregory's recent "The White Queen", and I am always interested in the lost prince theories:
"In 1483, Edward and Richard of York—Edward, by law, already King of England—were placed, for their protection before Edward's coronation, in the Tower of London by their uncle Richard. Within months the boys disappeared without a trace, and for the next five hundred years the despised Richard III was suspected of their heartless murders.
In To the Tower Born, Robin Maxwell ingeniously imagines what might have happened to the missing princes. The great and terrible events that shaped a kingdom are viewed through the eyes of quick-witted Nell Caxton, only daughter of the first English printer, and her dearest friend, "Bessie," sister to the lost boys and ultimate founder of the Tudor dynasty. It is a thrilling story brimming with mystery, color, and historical lore. With great bravery and heart, two friends navigate a dark and treacherous medieval landscape rendered more perilous by the era's scheming, ambitious, even murderous men and women who will stop at nothing to possess the throne." I just love this cover also. This one was released by Harper Paperbacks in October 2006; I don't know why it took me so long to get this one. I am now only missing Mademoiselle Boleyn and Signora Da Vinci of Maxwell's current 7 books.
From a giveaway win, I received The Murder of King Tut: The Plot to Kill the Child King - A Nonfiction Thriller
"A secret buried for centuries: Thrust onto Egypt's most powerful throne at the age of nine, King Tut's reign was fiercely debated from the outset. Behind the palace's veil of prosperity, bitter rivalries and jealousy flourished among the Boy King's most trusted advisors, and after only nine years, King Tut suddenly perished, his name purged from Egyptian history. To this day, his death remains shrouded in controversy. The keys to an unsolved mystery: Enchanted by the ruler's tragic story and hoping to unlock the answers to the 3,000 year-old mystery, Howard Carter made it his life's mission to uncover the pharaoh's hidden tomb. He began his search in 1907, but encountered countless setbacks and dead-ends before he finally, uncovered the long-lost crypt. The clues point to murder. Now, in The Murder of King Tut, James Patterson and Martin Dugard dig through stacks of evidence--X-rays, Carter's files, forensic clues, and stories told through the ages--to arrive at their own account of King Tut's life and death. The result is an exhilarating true crime tale of intrigue, passion, and betrayal that casts fresh light on the oldest mystery of all."
The fantastic thing I received which is not a book but I must mention is a giveaway win from Susie at All Things Royal:
A set of collectible postcards from the early Tudor times. Several images of National Portrait Gallery paintings of Henry VIII, Catherine Parr.. Totally awesome. The little box of it is standing up on my mini Tudor bookshelf in my bedroom, so I wake up to Henry VIII's face every morning. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Thankfully for me it is just the image of him and not the scary reality of him!! Thank you, Susie, for this wonderful win!