Hitting the shelves in January 2010, my second "Royal" work of historical nonfiction for NAL will indeed be titled...
NOTORIOUS ROYAL MARRIAGES: A Juicy Journey Through Nine Centuries of Dynasty, Destiny, and Desire.
They didn't go for the Rembrandt cover I suggested. However, I've seen the cover art they chose, though, and think it's "grabby" and fun. Since it may not be finalized I won't post it yet. It's a watercolor, and judging from the clothing worn by the man and woman, it's clearly from the 1780s or 1790s. So much for the "nine centuries" of the subtitle, but I guess they had to pick one of them!
And it's true, NOTORIOUS ROYAL MARRIAGES does cover some of the great unions of the 18th century: the puerile Peter III and the powerful Catherine the Great; Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI;
Catherine the Great
Tsar Peter III
George IV, when still Prince of Wales; a miniature painted by George Cosway, c. 1792
the two marriages of the future George IV of England--his illicit one in 1785 with the Catholic widow Maria Fitzherbert
Caroline of Brunswick
as well as Napoleon Bonaparte and his first wife, Josephine Beauharnais.
So we do spend a lot of time in the 18th century.
I'm really looking forward to the January 2010 release of NOTORIOUS ROYAL MARRIAGES. If you have any questions, I'd love to hear them!