The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, the Power Behind Five English Thrones (Ecco) tells of real knightly bravery.
Sex on Earth: A Celebration of Animal Reproduction (Bloomsbury Sigma) by Jules Howard is a review of how those others do it.
Earth's Deep History: How It Was Discovered and Why It Matters (University of Chicago Press) by Martin J. S. Rudwick gives the scientific history of geochronology.
Digging for Richard III: The Search for the Lost King (Thames and Hudson) by Mike Pitts details an archaeological miracle.
Bonnie Weinstein in To the Far Right Christian Hater (Rare Bird Books) gives examples of religious hatred directed toward making the military more Christian.
Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France (HarperCollins) by Caroline Moorehead informs and inspires.
How to Ruin a Queen: Marie Antoinette and the Diamond Necklace Affair (Da Capo Press) by Jonathan Beckman makes lively an old scandal.
Dark Mirror: The Medieval Origins of Anti-Jewish Iconography (Metropolitan Books) by Sara Lipton gives a history of increasingly unpleasant pictures.
The Birth of a Nation: How a Legendary Filmmaker and a Crusading Editor Reignited America's Civil War (PublicAffairs) by Dick Lehr is preparation for the centenary of a great, flawed film.
Damned Nation: Hell in America from the Revolution to Reconstruction (Oxford University Press) by Kathryn Gin Lum shows the American version of a scare story.