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Note: This is an archive of past updates to this site. Some links may have expired. For information about updates made between July and December 2003, click here; and for info on the most recent updates, visit the main What's New page.

June 29, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

June 27, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Updated the Royal Books page with new royalty books published in July 2003.

The featured book of the week is The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius, translated by Robert Graves. This is an easy-to-read, very entertaining introduction to the lives of the first 12 emperors of Rome, including Julius Caesar. Born in 69 A.D., Suetonius served as secretary to the emperor Hadrian.

June 26, 2003 - Added books about Henry VIII, Mary I, the Stuarts, Charles II, William and Mary, the Windsors, George V, French Royalty, and royal Collectibles.

June 25, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

June 24, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

June 23, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added links about Asian Royalty and Royal Genealogy. Added books about Emperor Hirohito and the Habsburgs.

June 22, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page and the Prince William page.

June 21, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Kuwait, Cleopatra, Queen Anne, and Henry I.

June 20, 2003 - Added two new books about Prince William. The featured book of the week is William by Peter Archer. This new biography is illustrated with hundreds of color photographs of Prince William, some of which have never before been published.

Also added books about King Arthur, European Royalty, Cleopatra, Ukraine, and Vietnam.

June 19, 2003 - Added two new books written by the Duchess of York. Updated the Royal News page. Added a new link to the Norway page.

June 18, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

June 17, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Also added a new article to the news section of the Cambodia page.

June 15, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added links to the World History and Israel pages. Added books about the United Arab Emirates and the history of the Middle East.

June 14, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

June 13, 2003 - The Featured Book of the Week is Nefertiti by Joyce A. Tyldesley. For over a decade, Nefertiti, wife of the heretic king Akhenaten, was celebrated throughout Egypt. Then she suddenly disappeared from history. No record of her death survives. This book explores the mystery surrounding Egypt's most famous and beautiful queen.

I've also updated the Royal Games page and the Royal News page.

June 22, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page and the Prince William page.

June 21, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Kuwait, Cleopatra, Queen Anne, and Henry I.

June 20, 2003 - Added two new books about Prince William. The featured book of the week is William by Peter Archer. This new biography is illustrated with hundreds of color photographs of Prince William, some of which have never before been published.

Also added books about King Arthur, European Royalty, Cleopatra, Ukraine, and Vietnam.

June 19, 2003 - Added two new books written by the Duchess of York. Updated the Royal News page. Added a new link to the Norway page.

June 18, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

June 17, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Also added a new article to the news section of the Cambodia page.

June 15, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added links to the World History and Israel pages. Added books about the United Arab Emirates and the history of the Middle East.

June 12, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

June 11, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a new Alibris coupon code to the Coupons & Deals page.

June 9, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

June 7, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

June 6, 2003 - The Featured Book of the Week is The Carolingians by Pierre Riche, which traces the rise, fall, and revival of Charlemagne's dynasty and shows how it molded the shape of Europe that is still with us today.

June 5, 2003 - I've given up on the old message board. See the Home Page for a link to our new EZboard (thank you to Nick and John for suggesting it).

I've also updated the Royal News page.

June 3, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books, links, and video games about Ancient China.

June 2, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

June 1, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

May 31, 2003 - There was a problem with the new message board, so I have removed it from the site. The site that hosts the original message board is back online, and I expect the Royalty.nu board to be back eventually with all our old posts intact.

May 30, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Updated the Royal Books page with new royal books published in June 2003.

The Featured Book of the Week is Chronicle of the Russian Tsars by David Warnes, which includes biographical accounts of all the tsars, timelines, family trees, and illustrations.

The Novel of the Month for June is Katherine by Anya Seton. One of the most beloved historical novels of all time, this book tells the story of 14th century English prince John of Gaunt's long romance with Katherine Swynford. Seton is also the author of the excellent Tudor romance/reincarnation novel Green Darkness.

Other updates: I added books about Canada and Genghis Khan, and added a new link to the news section of the Norway page.

May 28, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

May 27, 2003 - I added books about Hadrian and Napoleon.

May 26, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

May 24, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about British Royalty, King Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Scotland, Africa, and the Queen of Sheba.

May 23, 2003 - The Featured Book of the Week is Lucrezia Borgia by Maria Bellonci, a classic biography that depicts Lucrezia (daughter of notorious 15th century pope Alexander VI) as a passionate woman moving uncertainly through the intrigues of the Papal court.

Added books about Prince William, George VI, Charles I, Charles II, Richard III, Spain's Philip II, Cleopatra, and the Queen of Sheba.

May 22, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added links about Britain, China, and the Middle East.

May 21, 2003 - Updated the news section of the Norway page.

May 20, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a new book about India. Made minor updates to the Prince William article.

May 19, 2003 - Updated the news section of the Ethiopia page.

May 18, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

May 16, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Greece.

The Featured Book of the Week is The Last Empress: The She-Dragon of China by Keith Laidler, a new biography of China's Dowager Empress Tzu Hsi (or Cixi), whom the author presents as a victim of the corrupt system that taught her the savage ways she practiced.

May 14, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added links about America, Europe, and Queen Victoria. Added books about the Romanovs.

May 13, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

May 12, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

May 10, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Queen Victoria's father.

May 9, 2003 - The Featured Book of the Week is The Road to Mayerling by Richard Barkeley. The 1899 murder/suicide of Crown Prince Rudolph of Austria and Mary Vetsera remains a mystery to this day. This biography examines the causes of the tragedy.

May 8, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a link about Charlotte Casiraghi to the Monaco page.

May 6, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the news section of the Malaysia page.

May 5, 2003 - Updated the news section of the Indonesia page.

May 4, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

May 2, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added links about Ancient Egypt. The featured Book of the Week is Mary Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley by Alison Weir. The author argues that Mary Queen of Scots was not guilty of arranging her husband's murder.

April 30, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Updated the Royal Books page with new royal books published in May 2003. Added books about Royal History, Russian Royalty, Faberge, Vietnam, Egypt, Prince William, Elizabeth I, Richard III, and Edward II.

The featured Novel of the Month for May is Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor, an entertaining novel in the tradition of "Gone With the Wind." It intersperses the adventures of the fictional adventuress Amber with chapters about English king Charles II and his court. This book was a big best-seller and considered very racy when it was first published in the 1940s. Fun to read.

April 29, 2003 - Added books about Senegal and the Mongols.

April 28, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added two new biographies of Prince William.

April 27, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a link about royal jewels to the Royal History page. Added books about Spain, Romania, the Maya, Israel, Marie Antoinette, Sweden's Queen Christina, the royal yacht Britannia, Elizabeth II, Queen Victoria, James I, Elizabeth I, Jane Grey, Margaret of Anjou, Edward II, Swein Forkbeard and Boadicea.

April 26, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Napoleon and the Louisiana Purchase, and links about Ancient Rome, Africa, and Charlemagne.

April 25, 2003 - Added a new page about Royalty in Indonesia. Also added a book about Cambodia.

The featured book of the week is Once Upon a Time by J. Randy Taraborrelli. It takes a look behind the fairy tale lives of Princess Grace and Prince Rainier of Monaco, based on hundreds of interviews with their family and friends.

April 24, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a new book about Troy.

April 23, 2003 - Added a new book and a new link to the Royal Women page. Updated the Royal News page.

April 22, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

April 21, 2003 - Added new links to the African Royalty and World Links pages. Updated the Royal News page.

April 20, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

April 18, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added the recent A&E miniseries Napoleon.

The Featured Book of the Week is Masterpieces From the House of Faberge by Alexander Von Solodkoff and Marilyn Swezey. Peter Carl Faberge was court jeweler to Russia's tsars. This book features over 350 illustrations, 80 in full color.

April 17, 2003 - Added links about Thailand, Liechtenstein, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Spain.

The World of Royalty website is five years old today! It started on April 17, 1998 at a different URL and moved to www.royalty.nu in early 2001. Thank you to everyone who has visited, offered suggestions and encouragement, and supported the site by buying books and other items. It's thanks to all of you that The World of Royalty has survived and grown.

Here are a few facts about the site:

April 16, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page, and added books about India's Mughal Dynasty.

April 15, 2003 - Updated the news section of the Iraq page.

April 14, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about the Habsburgs.

April 13, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books and links about Guinea.

April 12, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the news section on the Iraq page, and added another book about Iran. And the message board is back online!

April 11, 2003 - The Featured Book of the Week is The Israelites by Antony Kamm, a concise introduction to the kingdoms of Israel and Judah up to 135 AD. It includes maps, a chronology, and a bibliography. This book is clearly written and very interesting.

April 10, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. The message board is currently unavailable due to emergency maintenance at World Crossing, which hosts the board. It should be back online on April 12.

April 9, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

April 8, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added links about India, France, and Napoleon.

April 6, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

April 4, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is Napoleon: His Wives and Women by Christopher Hibbert, about the women behind Napoleon, from his strong-willed mother and three sisters to his wives and mistresses.

April 2, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page and the Frequently Asked Questions page.

April 1, 2003 - April's Novel of the Month is Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon, the fascinating 1944 novel on which the movies Anna and the King and The King and I were based, adapted from the memoirs of a real-life Englishwoman who served as governess to the children of King Mongkut of Siam. This book was a bestseller when it was first published.

March 31, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

March 29, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added links about Iraq and Morocco. Added books about African Royalty, Russian Tsars, and Russian Palaces.

March 28, 2003 - Updated the Royal Books page with new royalty books published in April 2003. Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is The Sisters of Henry VIII by Maria Perry. This book is being featured at the suggestion of a visitor named AWRG, who says, "It gives insight into the world and lives of Henry's sisters, Margaret and Mary. The book is very interesting, and for once doesn't just talk about Henry VIII and Tudor England. It gives a unique look at other countries during the Reformation." (Thank you to AWRG for this book review!)

March 27, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about King Hussein, British Royalty, and French Royalty. Also added a video about Queen Noor and links about Russian Royalty, and updated the Coupons & Deals page.

March 26, 2003 - Added books about Napoleon and Tzu Hsi.

March 25, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

March 24, 2003 - Added books about Aethelred the Unready, Edward II, Henry VI, Richard III, the wives of Henry VIII, Henrietta Maria, Charles II, Queen Victoria, Elizabeth II, Germany, Scotland, Romania, Hawaii, the Queen of Sheba, the Byzantine Empire, Mongolia, and Empress Elisabeth of Austria.

March 23, 2003 - Added a new section about Iraq, including an article about Ancient Sumer, and books and links about Babylonia and Assyria.

Also updated the Coupons & Deals page with info on a Kitchen and Housewares Sale at Amazon.com.

March 22, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

March 21, 2003 - Added a page about Caliphs. I'm working on a new section about Iraq which I hope to finish soon.

The Featured Book of the Week is Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life by Queen Noor, the autobiography of the American wife of Jordan's late King Hussein. She discusses obstacles she faced as a royal bride, her rebellion against palace life, and her struggle to create a role as a humanitarian activist.

March 20, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

March 18, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

March 17, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

March 16, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added more books about royalty in Saudi Arabia.

March 15, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

March 14, 2003 - The featured book of the week is Ancient Iraq by Georges Roux, a clear and interesting guide to Mesopotamia's long history, from prehistoric times through the days of Sumer, Akkad, Babylonia, Assyria, and beyond. It includes chronological tables and maps.

March 13, 2003 - Added links about Luxembourg and royal tiaras. Added a book about Queen Victoria. Added a link about King Philip's War to the American Royalty page. Updated the Royal News page.

March 12, 2003 - Added a new page about Byzantine Empresses.

March 11, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

March 9, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added links about Russian Royalty, Napoleon, Louis XIV, and The Man in the Iron Mask.

March 8, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

March 7, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. The message board is finally back online -- sorry about the delay!

The featured book of the week is When the King Took Flight by Timothy Tackett. On a June night in 1791, King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette fled Paris in disguise, hoping to escape the French Revolution. This is the story of events before and after their escape, arrest, and execution.

March 5, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. The message board is currently unavailable due to maintenance at World Crossing, which hosts the board; it should be back online tomorrow afternoon.

March 4, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

March 3, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

March 1, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Updated the Coupons & Deals page with new offers from Amazon.com and Overstock.com.

February 28, 2003 - Added a new page about British king Edward VII. Added books about The Windsors, the Taj Mahal, Caesar, Saint Patrick, and Napoleon. Updated the Royal Books page with new royalty books published in March 2003.

The Featured Book of the Week is Eleanor of Aquitaine by Marion Meade, a biography of one of the most exciting and powerful personalities of all time. Wife of France's King Louis VII and then of England's King Henry II, mother of Richard the Lionheart and King John, Eleanor became the key political figure of 12th century Europe.

The Novel of the Month for March is The Kitchen Boy by Robert Alexander, a fictional account of the last days of Russian tsar Nicholas II and his family, told from the viewpoint of a young servant at the house where they were imprisoned.

February 27, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

February 26, 2003 - Added new books about the Frankish Kingdoms and the Ottoman Empire.

February 25, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added new books about Princess Diana, Charlemagne, and Iraq.

February 24, 2003 - Added books about Queen Noor, English Queens, Elizabeth I, Stuart Queens, and Attila the Hun.

February 22, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Updated the list of movies about Henry VIII. Added books about Egypt, Portugal, Marie Antoinette, the Norman Conquest, and George III.

February 21, 2003 - Added new pages about Lesotho, Uganda, and Malaysia. Updated the Royal Dolls page with info on magazines for doll collectors. Also updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is In Praise of Black Women: Ancient African Queens by Simone Schwarz-Bart, which tells the stories of Queen Amanirenas of Kush, Shaka Zulu's mother Nandi, and others. Includes hundreds of color illustrations.

February 20, 2003 - I've greatly expanded the section on Scandinavian Royalty, adding new pages about the Vikings, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Greenland!

February 19, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

February 18, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

February 17, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

February 15, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

February 14, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. The Featured Book of the Week is The King's Mother by Michael K. Jones and Malcolm G. Underwood, a biography of Lady Margaret Beaufort, the strong-willed mother of English king Henry VII.

February 13, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

February 11, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

February 9, 2003 - Updated the Frequently Asked Questions and Royal News pages. Added a new Amazon.com rebate offer to the Coupons & Deals page.

February 7, 2003 - Added books about Ivan the Terrible. Updated the Royal News page.

The featured book of the week is Ivan the Terrible by Henri Troyat, a biography of the dreaded Russian tsar who earned his "terrible" nickname.

February 6, 2003 - Added a book about Napoleon.

February 5, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Uganda and Rwanda. Updated the Remembering Diana page.

February 4, 2003 - Added another book about Boadicea. I am working on a new Scandinavian royalty section which should be finished soon.

February 3, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Boadicea and Wales.

February 2, 2003 - Updated the Coupons & Deals page.

February 1, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Updated the Middle East page with links about Iraq. Also added links about Russia.

January 31, 2003 - The Private World of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor by Hugo Vickers is the Featured Book of the Week. It contains photos from the private collection of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. 400 color illustrations.

January 30, 2003 - Updated the Royal Books page with new royalty books published in February 2003. Also updated the Royal News page.

The featured Novel of the Month for February is The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley, which presents the story of King Arthur through the eyes of the women in his life.

January 29, 2003 - Added new books about German Palaces, British Royalty, Edward II, Richard III, Elizabeth I, James I, and Mary Queen of Scots.

January 28, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

January 27, 2003 - Added books about Justinian, Brazil, and the last Romanovs, and videos about the Windsors, Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Princess Diana, and Fergie.

January 26, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about George V's son Prince John, Arbella Stuart, George III, French Royalty, Mayerling, and the Queen of Sheba.

January 25, 2003 - Added books on Alfred the Great, English Queens, Elizabeth I, James I, Charles I, Portugal, the Maya, King Tut, China's Last Emperor, Greece, and Elizabeth II. Also added links about James II and VII.

January 24, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about India and Oceania, and books and links about Namibia.

Ungrateful Daughters: The Stuart Princesses Who Stole Their Father's Crown by Maureen Waller is the Featured Book of the Week. In 1688, seven prominent men invited William of Orange to intervene in English affairs. But it was the women, Queen Mary Beatrice and her stepdaughters Mary and Anne, who played a key role in this drama.

January 23, 2003 - Added books about Attila the Hun.

January 22, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Malaysia and Romania.

January 21, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

January 20, 2003 - There's lots of Royal News today, and I've added books about South Africa, Uganda, and Czech History.

January 19, 2003 - Updated the Egyptian Royalty page with a link to a memorial webpage for the late Princess Fadia. Also added more books about the Crusades.

January 18, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Also added a computer game about the son of China's first emperor.

January 17, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Vlad Dracula and the royal family of Monaco.

The featured book of the week is Cleopatra of Egypt: From History to Myth, edited by Susan Walker and Peter Higgs. This lavishly illustrated catalog from a major international exhibition explores how Cleopatra was depicted in her own era and in later times.

January 16, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

January 15, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page, the Royal Dolls page, and the Coupons & Deals page.

January 14, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books and links about Lesotho, and books about British Palaces.

January 13, 2003 - Added a new section about the Ottoman Empire, including pages about Suleiman I and Turkish Royal Harems, with lots of books and links. Also added a link about Israel and books about Cleopatra.

January 12, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

January 10, 2003 - The featured book of the week is What I Know Now by Sarah, Duchess of York, in which Fergie shares 50 simple lessons she learned the hard way.

And I've also updated the Royal News page.

January 9, 2003 - Added a new link to the Hawaiian Royalty page, and a video about Prince Andrew, Duke of York.

January 8, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. If you're a regular visitor to this site, you may notice that I've changed the font. This should make the site more legible for people with certain graphics cards. If you like the change -- or hate it! -- please let me know.

January 7, 2003 - Added a new book by the Duchess of York.

January 6, 2003 - Added a new article about Charlemagne! Also added a book about the Holy Roman Empire and a movie about Austria's Empress Elisabeth (Sissi). Updated the Royal News page.

January 4, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Japan, Israel's King Saul, and China's Empress Dowager Tzu Hsi.

January 3, 2003 - Added Prince William and Princess Diana calendars for 2003. Updated the Royal News page. Updated the Coupons & Deals page with new Amazon.com offers.

The featured book of the week is The Murder of Tutankhamen: A True Story by Bob Brier. Was King Tut murdered? Egyptologist Bob Brier examines the evidence and concludes that Tutankhamen was the victim of political and religious intrigues that developed into a fatal conspiracy. The book provides a fascinating introduction to ancient Egyptian history.

January 1, 2003 - Happy New Year! Today I updated the Royal News page and added a new book about King Tut.

For info on 2002 updates, click here.



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