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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 in 2004, click here; and for info on the most recent updates, visit the main What's New page.

December 31, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

December 30, 2003 - Updated the Royal Books page with new royalty books published in January 2004. Updated the Royal News page. Added a link about Genealogy. Added books about Royal Genealogy, the Ottoman Empire, and the Tudors.

December 29, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a link about Anastasia and books about Napoleon, Japan, and Nero.

December 28, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

December 27, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about British king Charles I and the Kingdom of Jordan.

December 26, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added more books about Joan of Arc.

The Featured Book of the Week is Romanov Autumn by Charlotte Zeepvat. This book is recommended by Royalty.nu visitor Nancy O., who says it's "wonderfully enlightening and very easy to read. It explains a lot about the personalities and the intermarriages, the different palaces and Russian history. It's a book I'll keep forever and go back to time and again, I'm sure!!" Out of print, but available at Alibris.

December 24, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Happy holidays to everyone!

December 21, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a book about the Habsburgs.

December 20, 2003 - Added videos and DVDs about Irish History and Boadicea; links about Egypt; and books about British Royalty, Boadicea, Elizabeth I, Elizabeth II, Spain, and Queen Isabella I.

December 19, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Bhutan, Edward VIII, and Spain.

The Featured Book of the Week 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 romance with Katherine Swynford. Seton was also the author of the Tudor reincarnation romance Green Darkness (available at Alibris). (UK)

December 18, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

December 17, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

December 15, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

December 14, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

December 13, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

December 12, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is Vikings: The Battle at the End of Time by Tony Allan, an introduction to Viking culture. The book features 120 color photos.

December 11, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

December 9, 2003 - Added Amazon coupon codes to the Coupons & Deals page. Added documentaries about Princess Diana. Updated the Royal News page.

December 8, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Africa news section. Added books about Congo and Cote d'Ivoire.

December 7, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a new link about the Vikings.

December 6, 2003 - Added a new link about Swedish Royalty.

December 5, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a new link about Mexican royalty to the Americas page.

The Featured Book of the Week is Charlemagne by Matthias Becher. This biography describes Charlemagne's rise to emperor, his reign, and his posthumous fame. Published in November 2003.

December 3, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page, the Royal Tiaras page, and the Coupons & Deals page.

December 2, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the news sections of the Britain, Iraq, and Thailand pages. Added more links about Attila the Hun.

December 1, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

November 30, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

November 28, 2003 - Updated the Royal Books page with new royalty books published in December 2003. Also updated the Royal News page. Added books about King Hussein; Henry VIII and James VI; royalty in France and the Netherlands; and Royal Palaces.

The Featured Book of the Week is Tiaras: Past and Present by Geoffrey Munn, which traces the history of tiaras from ancient times. This well-illustrated book was published to accompany an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

November 26, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added news, books, and a movie about Thailand. Added a book about Peter the Great.

November 25, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books and links about China. Updated the Faberge page.

November 24, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added links about Bahrain. Added a book and link about Jordan.

November 23, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added Nativity costumes and other Christmas costumes to the Royal Costumes page.

November 22, 2003 - Added books about the Carolingians; the Habsburgs; the Stuarts, James I, and Bonnie Prince Charlie; King Arthur; Native Americans and Seminoles; France, Marguerite of Navarre; India; Saudi Arabia; and Uganda. Also added links about native Americans to the American Royalty page.

November 21, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is Dinner at Buckingham Palace by Charles Oliver and Paul Fishman, a collection of recipes, menus, anecdotes, and tastes of the British royal household from the time of Queen Victoria to the present day.

November 19, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added two links to the Worldlinks page.

November 17, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the news sections of the Balkan, Britain, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, and Spain pages.

November 15, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

November 14, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is Kensington Palace: The Official Illustrated History by Edward Impey. London's Kensington Palace was the birthplace of Queen Victoria. Today it contains royal offices and apartments. Princess Diana lived there.

November 13, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the news sections of the South Africa and Nepal pages.

November 12, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added links about Charles II and Dracula.

November 11, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about France and Royal Autographs, and a link about British royalty.

November 10, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

November 9, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the news sections of the Italy, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, and Swaziland pages.

November 8, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

November 7, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about the Trojan War. The Featured Book of the Week is The Perfect Prince by Ann Wroe, a biography of Perkin Warbeck, who claimed to be one of England's lost "Princes in the Tower."

November 6, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

November 5, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about British Palaces, World Royalty, and Iran. Updated the Coupons & Deals page with new offers from Amazon and Alibris.

November 3, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added links about Laos and books about Laos, Napoleon II and Joseph Bonaparte.

November 2, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about the Qing Dynasty and the Habsburgs.

November 1, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the news section of the Nepal page. Added books about Versailles and Camilla Parker Bowles.

October 31, 2003 - Updated the Royal Books page with new royalty books published in November 2003. Added books about China; Ghana; Iraq, Sumer; Romania; Rome, Augustus Caesar; Scotland; Attila the Hun; Dracula; British Royalty, Harold II, the Tudors, Henry VIII, British royal palaces; and Royal Genealogy. Added links about Ghana.

The Featured Book of the Week is Lost Splendor by Prince Felix Youssoupoff, the cross-dressing prince who poisoned Rasputin. This book was originally published in 1952, during Prince Youssoupoff's exile from Russia.

October 30, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page and the British Royal News page.

October 29, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

October 28, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Napoleon and Wilhelm II.

October 27, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

October 26, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Charles I and Prince Charles.

October 25, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Charlemagne; Babylonia; Bohemia; Egypt; Morocco; Spain; Britain's Mary I, Elizabeth I, Charles II, George III, and Queen Victoria.

October 24, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Updated the news section of the China page. Added books and links about Tibet.

The Featured Book of the Week is A Royal Duty by Paul Burrell, which contains explosive allegations by Princess Diana's trusted butler, including the claim that Diana predicted that someone would arrange her death in a car crash. This book is scheduled to be released on October 25 in the U.S., and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.

October 23, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the news section of the Cambodia page.

October 22, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the news sections of the Cambodia, Morocco, and Middle East pages.

October 21, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated Royal Magazines page.

October 20, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the news sections of the Belgium and Cambodia pages. Added Paul Burrell's new book about Princess Diana. Added a link about Nepal.

October 19, 2003 - Updated the news section of the Balkan Royalty page. Added a link about Indonesia.

October 18, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the news section of the Cambodia and Ethiopia pages; added more books about Ethiopia, France, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, and Katherine Howard; and added a link about Nepal.

October 17, 2003 - The Featured Book of the Week is Kings & Queens of England by Brenda Ralph Lewis, which focuses on royal murder, mayhem, and scandal from 1066 to the present day. Published in September 2003.

October 16, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a video about Napoleon, a link about the last Romanovs, and a book about Anastasia.

October 15, 2003 - Added more links to the British Royalty page. Updated the news section of the Indonesia page.

October 14, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the news section of the Denmark page. Added books by and about Prince Andrew, Duke of York.

October 13, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the news section of the Indonesia page.

October 12, 2003 - Added a new page about Royalty in Brazil, and updated the Royal News page.

October 11, 2003 - Added more books and links about the Maya. Updated the news section of the Nigeria page.

October 10, 2003 - Updated the World Royal News page, the British Royal News page, and the news section of the Jordan page. Added a books about Boadicea and Roman Britain, plus a new link about World Royalty.

The Featured Book of the Week is A Forest of Kings: The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya by Linda Schele and David Freidel. This is the first complete history of Mayan kingship, from its beginning to its decline.

October 9, 2003 - Updated Norway news section.

October 8, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page, and added links about the ancient Maya.

October 7, 2003 - Added videos to the Israel, Royal Palaces, Ottoman Harems, Monaco and Hawaii pages.

October 6, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page and the Toy Castles page.

October 5, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

October 4, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

October 3, 2003 - The Featured Book of the Week is The Lost Prince by Stephen Poliakoff. This is the screenplay of a British TV movie about Prince John, the epileptic son of King George V, who was shut away at age 12 to save the royal family from embarrassment. The book includes a 70-page factual introduction.

October 2, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

October 1, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

September 30, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the news section of the Oceania page. Added new links about Egypt and Morocco.

September 29, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

September 28, 2003 - Updated the Royal Costumes page with royal and historical Halloween costumes for kids and adults. Updated the Royal News page.

September 26, 2003 - Updated the Royal Books page with new royalty books published in October 2003. Also updated the Royal News page. Added new books about British Royalty, royal palaces, Scotland, and Richard the Lionheart.

The Featured Book of the Week is Mary Tudor: The Spanish Tudor by H.F.M. Prescott. First published in 1940, this prize-winning biography presents a humane and measured perspective on the tormented life of "Bloody Mary."

September 25, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

September 24, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Nero, the Byzantine Empire, and Shi Huangdi.

September 23, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Iraq, Monaco, and Russia.

September 22, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a book about the Roman emperor Augustus.

September 21, 2003 - Added books about Egyptian pharaohs Hatshepsut and Cleopatra; Hawaiian king Kamehameha I; French king Henry IV; British Royalty, King Arthur, Perkin Warbeck, Jane Grey, Mary I, Elizabeth I, the Stuarts, James I, William and Mary; the last Romanovs; and Frankish emperor Charles the Fat. Updated the Royal News page.

September 20, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

September 19, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added links about Africa and Royal Women. The Featured Book of the Week is The Fate of the Romanovs by Greg King and Penny Wilson. Based on hundreds of previously unpublished documents, this book discusses the last months of Russian tsar Nicholas II and his family. Published in September 2003.

September 17, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

September 15, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

September 14, 2003 - Added new pages about Bahrain and Nigeria. Updated the Royal News page.

September 13, 2003 - Added a book about Iran, and books and links about Chad.

September 12, 2003 - The Featured Book of the Week is The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu. Celebrated as the world's first novel, it tells the epic story of an emperor's son and offers a lively glimpse of 11th century Japan.

September 11, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the news section of the South Africa page. Added a new link about Ottoman Harems.

September 10, 2003 - Added a new link about Bonnie Prince Charlie.

September 9, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Made some updates to the Fergie page.

September 7, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the news section of the Ghana page. Added a new book about Louis XIV.

September 5, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. The Featured Book of the Week is Little Red by the Duchess of York. This is the first book in a new series about the Duchess's "Little Red" doll. For children ages 4 to 8. Published in September 2003.

September 4, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

September 3, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

September 1, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the news section of the South Africa page. Added a new book to the Saudi Arabia page.

August 31, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

August 30, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

August 29, 2003 - Updated the Royal Books page with new royal books published in September 2003. Added books about Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, the Byzantine Empire, and the Ottoman Empire.

I've also reorganized the English Royal History page, which now lists all royal dynasties and monarchs starting with William the Conqueror.

The Featured Book of the Week is The History of the Franks by Gregory of Tours, a dramatic narrative written in the sixth century. Gregory of Tours knew King Sigibert, Queen Brunhilda, and others about whom he wrote.

August 28, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the news section of the Ghana page. Added books about the Habsburgs, Charles V, James I, and monachy in Australia and ancient Israel.

August 27, 2003 - Added new sections about England's Norman and Angevin kings, including newly updated pages about William the Conqueror and Eleanor of Aquitaine.

August 26, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Napoleon, Japan's imperial history, China's Qing dynasty and dowager empress Cixi (Tzu Hsi).

August 25, 2003 - Added books about Princess Diana and French Royalty. Updated the Coupons & Deals page.

August 24, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about English king Edward V and the Stuart Pretenders.

August 23, 2003 - Added books about British Royalty, Richard I, Henry VIII, Lady Jane Grey, Mary Queen of Scots, Charles II, James I, George IV, and Queen Victoria; Albania's King Zog; and the fate of the last Romanovs.

August 22, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the news section of the Napoleon page. Added links about Hawaiian Royalty and Russian Royalty.

The Featured Book of the Week is Queen Elizabeth I by Susan Doran. This new biography portrays the English queen as a tough and determined woman whose education, wit, and wisdom helped her succeed in a turbulent world.

August 21, 2003 - Added links about American Royalty, the Taj Mahal, and Swedish Royalty.

August 20, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

August 19, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

August 18, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a new book about Princess Diana.

August 16, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added links about South Africa.

August 15, 2003 - The Featured Book of the Week is Lady Jane Grey: Nine Days Queen by Alison Plowden. This new biography reveals Lady Jane (who briefly claimed the English throne in 1553) as a woman of conviction, intelligence, and steady faith beyond her years.

August 14, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the news section of the Monaco page.

August 12, 2003 - Updated the news section of the Monaco page. Added a book about royalty in Romania.

August 10, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

August 8, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. The Featured Book of the Week is Taj Mahal by M.C. Joshi and Amina Okada, which discusses why Indian emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal. Illustrated with photographs by Jean-Louis Nou.

August 6, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Made some minor updates to the Prince William article.

August 5, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

August 4, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a link about Qatar to the Middle East page. Added a new book about Royal Collectibles.

August 2, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

August 1, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Updated the Royal Books page with new royal books published in August 2003. Added books about Belgium's King Albert I, Russia's Catherine the Great, British Royalty, the Duke of Windsor, the Habsburgs, Nigeria, Louis XIV, Marie Antoinette, and Weetamoo.

The Featured Book of the Week is Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough by Ophelia Field, a biography of the glamorous and controversial founder of the Spencer-Churchill dynasty, which produced both Winston Churchill and Princess Diana.

July 31, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the news section of the Cambodia page. Added books and links about Africa and the empire of Mali.

July 29, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the news sections of the Lesotho and Nepal pages.

July 28, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

July 27, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Also added more books about Bonnie Prince Charlie and Scottish Castles.

July 26, 2003 - Added books about British Royalty, Elizabeth I, Queen Anne, and Royal Women.

July 25, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added new books about Alexander the Great, Edward VIII, and Lady Jane Grey.

The Featured Book of the Week is Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII by David Starkey, which draws on letters and documents of the period to give a picture of daily life at the Tudor court. This book is a tie-in to the recent TV series hosted by Starkey.

July 23, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the news section of the China page.

July 21, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

July 20, 2003 - Added links about Henry VIII.

July 19, 2003 - Added books about the Ottoman Empire.

July 18, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. The Featured Book of the Week is Long Walk to Freedom, the autobiography of Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa (who was born into a royal family).

July 17, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Also added books and links about Nelson Mandela, and a book about Marie Antoinette.

July 15, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

July 14, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

July 13, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

July 11, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a link about Swaziland.

The Featured Book of the Week is Ever After: Diana and the Life She Led by Anne Edwards, an unsensationalized biography of Diana, Princess of Wales.

July 10, 2003 - I have added a new page about Tiaras. It includes books and links about royal tiaras and jewels.

July 9, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Lithuania and Stephen and Matilda.

July 7, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a link about Dutch royalty. Added books about royalty in Brazil and France. Also added several more links about Armenia to the Asia page -- a big thank you to Karen at ArmenianHouse.org for her assistance!

July 5, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Also added articles to the news sections of the Korea, Netherlands, and Iraq pages. Added links about French royalty.

July 4, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is Faberge in the Royal Collection by Caroline De Guitaut, a definitive guide to the British royal family's Faberge collection. It explains in detail the formation of the collection and the tastes of the principal royal collectors. 220 illustrations, 200 in color.

July 3, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books by King Norodom Sihanouk to the Cambodia page. Added a documentary about Hadrian to the Rome page.

July 2, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a book about the Normans.

July 1, 2003 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a new link about Armenia to the Asia page.

The featured Novel of the Month for July is The Lady in the Tower by Jean Plaidy, which tells the story of Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII. The author also wrote under the pen names Victoria Holt and Philippa Carr.

For information about updates made between January and June 2003, click here.



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