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June 30, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a link about Faberge Eggs.

June 29, 2005 - Updated the Royal Books page with new royalty books published in July 2005. Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Denmark and Nepal news sections.

June 28, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about British Royalty, Henry VIII, Princess Diana, Hampton Court, Europe, and Catherine the Great.

June 27, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the India and Saudi Arabia news sections. Added a new book about Princess Diana.

June 26, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

June 25, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added links about Alexander the Great, Justinian, Ethiopia, and Mongolia.

June 24, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is Prince William by Brian Hoey. Among the topics discussed in this biography are William's gap year abroad; his time at the University of St Andrews; his girlfriends; and his relationships with his father, brother, and Camilla Parker Bowles.

June 23, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

June 22, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a link about Cleopatra.

June 21, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a book about Nicholas and Alexandra.

June 20, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

June 19, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

June 18, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a documentary about the Magi. Added books about Julius Caesar and Augustus Caesar.

June 17, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added new Alibris coupon codes to the Coupons & Deals page.

The Featured Book of the Week is Secrets of the Kingdom by Gerald Posner. This book reveals the ties that bind the Saudi and U.S. governments, including preferential treatment to prominent Saudis living in the United States after 9/11, and a "likely close connection" between a powerful member of the House of Saud and al-Qaeda. Published in May 2005.

June 16, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page and the Iran news section.

June 15, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Cambodia and Nepal news sections.

June 14, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page and the Ethiopia news section. Added a book about Dracula.

June 13, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page and the Saudi Arabia news section. Added a link about Alexander the Great and a book about Boadicea. Updated the article about Prince William.

June 11, 2005 - Added books and links about Singapore. Also added books about Augustus Caesar and Nelson Mandela. Updated the Royal News page and the Asia news section.

June 10, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is Winds of Change: The Future of Democracy in Iran by Reza Pahlavi. The author is the son of the last shah of Iran.

June 8, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

June 7, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

June 6, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

June 4, 2005 - Added a link about Korea and a documentary about Lawrence of Arabia. Added new books about Ivan the Terrible, King Arthur, Early Britain, Egypt, the Incas, and Israel.

June 3, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is Moctezuma's Children: Aztec Royalty Under Spanish Rule, 1520-1700 by Donald E. Chipman. Although the Aztec empire fell to Spain in 1521, the principal heirs of the last emperor, Moctezuma II, were later acknowledged as royalty. This book follows the family's fortunes across two centuries. Published in May 2005.

June 1, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a book and link about the Magi.

May 31, 2005 - Updated the Royal Books page with new royalty books published in June 2005. Updated the Royal News page. Added a documentary about Dracula and books about the Borgias, the Medicis, British Royalty, French Royalty, Norwegian Royalty, and Saudi Arabia.

May 30, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Lord Snowdon.

May 28, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

May 27, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a new link about Dracula. The Featured Book of the Week is Arbella: England's Lost Queen by Sarah Gristwood, a biography of Lady Arbella Stuart, a determined, passionate young woman who was a pawn in the struggle for succession to Queen Elizabeth I.

May 26, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

May 25, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

May 24, 2005 - Added books about Napoleon and Constantine.

May 23, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Balkan and Nigeria news sections.

May 21, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

May 20, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page and the Korea news section. Added books about Buddha and Princess Diana.

The Featured Book of the Week is Buddha by Karen Armstrong. At the age of 29, a prince walked away from his palace to search for spiritual enlightenment. He became one of the most influential people of all time. This account of Buddha's life is based on early scriptures and later biographies. (Review © Amazon.com)

May 19, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

May 18, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page and the Africa, Botswana, Nigeria, and Middle East news sections. Added books and links about Niger. Added books about Princess Marina.

May 17, 2005 - Added books about Boadicea, Cleopatra, Isabella I, Mary I, and Saudi Arabia. Updated the Royal News page. Added links about Wallis and Futuna to the Oceania page.

May 16, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Egypt and Middle East news sections.

May 14, 2005 - Added books about King Tut, Alexander the Great, Charlemagne, Harold II, Edward VI, Assyria, Britain, Egypt, Flanders, France, and the Incas.

May 13, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page and the Balkan news section. Added a new coupon code from BBC America to the Coupons & Deals page.

The Featured Book of the Week is Saladin: All-Powerful Sultan and the Uniter of Islam by Stanley Lane-Poole. A great leader and military genius, Saladin ruled Egypt, Palestine, Syria, and Yemen in the 12th century. This biography explains why he was admired even by his enemies.

May 12, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

May 11, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the India, Italy, and Saudi Arabia news sections.

May 10, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

May 9, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page and the Ghana news section. Added a DVD about ancient Egypt.

May 8, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

May 6, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the India news section and added a book about Cambodian Royalty.

The Featured Book of the Week is The Leper King and His Heirs by Bernard Hamilton. The reign of King Baldwin IV of Jerusalem (1174-85) has traditionally been seen as a period of decline. This book challenges that view, arguing that the young king, despite suffering from leprosy, presided over a vigorous society.

May 4, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Lesotho and Middle East news sections.

May 3, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Updated the Coupons & Deals page with offers from Amazon.com and eBags.

May 2, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Indonesia, Middle East, and Swaziland news sections.

April 30, 2005 - Updated the Royal Books page with new royalty books published in May 2005. Updated the Royal News page. Added books about the Hanoverians, the Tower of London, and European Royalty.

April 29, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is Anne Boleyn by Joanna Denny. This biography portrays Anne Boleyn (second wife of Henry VIII) as an intelligent and virtuous woman relentless pursued by a promiscuous, brutish king. The author clearly sympathizes with Boleyn's commitment to religious reform, and attacks Catherine of Aragon and her supporters at every opportunity. Although I found the book too one-sided, it is well-written and entertaining, and presents a convincing defense of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's most maligned queen. Available from Alibris.

April 27, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Saudi Arabia news section.

April 26, 2005 - Added documentaries about Saudi Arabia. Updated the Royal News page. Added books about the Tudors, Mary I, Elizabeth I, and Hampton Court.

April 25, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Balkan, Iraq, Jordan, Mongolia, and Saudi Arabia news sections. Added a link about the Great Wall of China to the Shi Huangdi page.

April 23, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Julius Caesar, Augustus Caesar, Edward III, Napoleon I, Empress Eugenie, Dutch Royalty, and German Royalty.

April 22, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Iran news section. Added a book about the Mughals.

The Featured Book of the Week is Perdita: The Literary, Theatrical, Scandalous Life of Mary Robinson by Paula Byrne, a biography of an 18th century actress who became the mistress of Britain's Prince of Wales (who was later the Prince Regent and King George IV). Published in March 2005.

April 21, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

April 20, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

April 19, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added new books about Boadicea, Catherine of Aragon, Mary I, Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria, and European Queens.

April 18, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Egypt, Germany, Ghana, Nigeria, and Spain news sections.

April 17, 2005 - The World of Royalty is seven years old today! Thank you to everybody who has visited the site; contributed ideas, opinions, links, information, and encouragement; pointed out mistakes; posted on the message board; and made purchases through the site from Amazon.com and other merchants.

I started the site almost on a whim, for fun, and I certainly never expected to get so many visitors (sometimes over 250,000 unique visitors a month!) or so much feedback. I'm glad so many people share my interest in history, royalty, and books, and I'm grateful to all of you for helping to make the site a success.

April 16, 2005 - Added new books about King Tut, Aztec Royalty, Rama, Genghis Khan, European Royalty, King Arthur, King John, Arbella Stuart, William III, Napoleon, Joseph Bonaparte, Louis-Philippe, Hammurabi, and Royal Madness.

April 15, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is The Ramayana: A Modern Retelling of the Great Indian Epic by Ramesh Menon. Originally composed around 300 BC, this Hindu classic tells the story of Prince Rama's betrayal, exile, and struggle to rescue his faithful wife, Sita, from the clutches of a demon and to reclaim his throne.

April 13, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Botswana and South Africa news sections.

April 12, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page and the Adware & Spyware Info page.

April 11, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page and the Middle East, Nepal, Netherlands, South Africa, and Saudi Arabia news sections. Added a new book about Caesar.

April 9, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

April 8, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Egypt, Middle East, and Nepal news sections. Added a new book about the British Royal Family.

The Featured Book of the Week is Princesses by Flora Fraser, a biography of the six daughters of Britain's "Mad" King George III: Charlotte, constantly at odds with her mother; family-oriented Augusta; gifted artist Elizabeth; bland beauty Mary; emotional Sophia; and turbulent Amelia. Kept from marrying by their father, the sisters led secretly scandalous lives. Published in April 2005.

April 7, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

April 6, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Nepal news section.

April 5, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added the Brad Pitt movie Troy.

April 4, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

April 2, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

April 1, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. The Featured Book of the Week is Born to Rule by Julia P. Gelardi, which tells the stories of five queens who were granddaughters of Queen Victoria. Published in March 2005.

March 31, 2005 - Updated the Royal Books page with new royalty books published in April 2005. Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Henry VIII, Bavarian Castles, Royal Saints, Royal Paper Dolls, and World Royalty.

March 30, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

March 29, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Egypt and Greece.

March 28, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Botswana, France, and Nepal news sections.

March 27, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

March 26, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a new book about Napoleon.

March 25, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the India and Oceania news sections. Added a link about Uganda. Added books about the Pacific islands, Melanesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Micronesia, and Polynesia.

The Featured Book of the Week is The Royal House of Monaco: Dynasty of Glamour, Tragedy and Scandal by John Glatt. This book, published in 1998, examines the lives of Prince Rainier and his family. (The book's British title is The Ruling House of Monaco.) Out of print, but available from Alibris.

March 24, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

March 23, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books and links about Ladakh.

March 22, 2005 - Added books about Queen Anne, Queen Victoria, and Spanish Royalty. Added videos and DVDs about the history of Hawaii. Updated the Royal News page. Added a link about Spain.

March 21, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

March 20, 2005 - Added books about King Arthur, Napoleon, George III, Haiti, and Egypt.

March 19, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

March 18, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Updated the Attila the Hun article and added a new book about Attila.

The Featured Book of the Week is The Book of Esther in Modern Research edited by Leonard Greenspoon and Sidnie White Crawford, a collection of essays on all aspects of the Biblical book of Esther.

March 17, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

March 16, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

March 15, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a book about Hawaii.

March 14, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Iran and Uganda news sections. Added a book about the Holy Roman Empire.

March 12, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

March 11, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is St. Patrick of Ireland: A Biography by Philip Freeman. Kidnapped by pirates and sold into slavery in 5th century Ireland, Patrick eventually converted Irish kings and their people to Christianity and became Ireland's patron saint. This book brings to life the real Patrick, shorn of legend, and shows how he helped to change Irish history.

March 10, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

March 9, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Belgium, Middle East, and Oceania news sections. Added a new link about Brazil.

March 8, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Updated the article on King Tut.

March 7, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page and the Balkan news section. Also added links about Greece and Norway. Added books about Peter the Great and the last Shah of Iran.

March 6 2005 - Added a new book about Frederick the Great.

March 5, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

March 4, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Updated the Ghana and Nepal news sections.

The Featured Book of the Week is Style & Splendour: The Wardrobe of Queen Maud of Norway 1896-1938 by Anne Kjellberg and Susan North. Queen Maud was one of the best-dressed women of her age. Using photographs of her clothes and accessories, this book shows the evolution of women's fashion from the 1890s to the 1930s. Published in February 2005.

March 2, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a miniseries about Lillie Langtry.

March 1, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

February 28, 2005 - Updated the Royal Books page with new royalty books published in March 2005. Updated Royal News page. Also updated the Brunei, Germany, and Ghana news sections. Added books about British Royalty, Boadicea, Henry VIII, French Royalty, Saudi Arabia, and Castles.

February 27, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

February 26, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Prince Charles, Caesar, Caligula, Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II, and the Thirty Years' War.

February 25, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Japan, Morocco, and Oceania news sections. Added books about Queen Esther, Joanna the Mad, James I, James II, George IV, Chief Joseph, European Queens, England, Jordan, and Vikings. Added documentaries about Faberge.

The Featured Book of the Week is The Chrysanthemum Throne: A History of the Emperors of Japan by Peter Martin, the first general study of the entire history of the Japanese monarchy.

February 24, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page and the Belgium news section.

February 23, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

February 22, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

February 21, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

February 19, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page and the Nepal news section.

February 18, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Netherlands and Russia news sections.

The Featured Book of the Week is The Windsor Knot: Charles, Camilla and the Legacy of Diana by Christopher Wilson, which discusses Charles and Camilla's first meeting, Camilla's marriage to Andrew Parker Bowles, the apparent truce between Camilla and Princess Diana at the end of Diana's life, and more.

February 17, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

February 16, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

February 15, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

February 14, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

February 13, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

February 12, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

February 11, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a video about Britain's Crown Jewels.

The Featured Book of the Week is Camilla: Her True Story by Caroline Graham. This biography tells the story of Camilla Parker Bowles's life and her long romance with Prince Charles. The author spoke with Camilla's friends, family members, and advisors.

February 10, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

February 9, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

February 8, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

February 7, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Indonesia and Saudi Arabia news sections.

February 5, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

February 4, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Updated the Africa, Botswana, and South Africa news sections. Added links about China and Mongols.

The Featured Book of the Week is Catherine de Medici by Leonie Frieda. Catherine de Medici was the wife of France's King Henry II, and became regent after his death. This biography portrays the much maligned queen as a skilled ruler who battled against extraordinary odds.

February 3, 2005 - Added a new page about Mongolia. Added books about China and Shi Huangdi. Updated the Royal News page.

February 2, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page and the Middle East news section.

February 1, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

January 31, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Brunei and Oceania news sections. Updated the Frequenty Asked Questions page with information about royal addresses. Added books and links about the Congo.

January 29, 2005 - Updated the Royal Books page with new royalty books published in February 2005. Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Dracula, Japan, British Palaces, European Palaces, the Taj Mahal, and Versailles.

January 28, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page and the Swaziland news section. Added books about Glamis Castle and Morocco. Also added books and links about Malawi.

The Featured Book of the Week is Independent Iraq by Matthew Elliot, which is about British influence on Iraq's monarchy from 1941 to 1958, when King Faisal II was killed by revolutionaries and the monarchy was overthrown.

January 27, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page and the Iraq news section.

January 26, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Korea and Russia news sections. Added books about Barbados.

January 25, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

January 24, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about King Leopold I and King Leopold II of Belgium.

January 22, 2005 - Added new books about King David, King Arthur, Genghis Khan, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Richard I, Jane Grey, Maria Fitzherbert, Queen Maud, China, France, Iran, Korea, Wales, and Egypt's Valley of the Kings. Updated the Royal News page.

January 21, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Spain news section. The Featured Book of the Week is To Steal a Kingdom by Michael Dougherty, which explains how Hawaii's last queen lost her throne.

January 20, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

January 19, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

January 18, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

January 17, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Also added links to the Korea and Oceania news sections. Added a book about Alexander the Great.

January 15, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the India news section.

January 14, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is Developing the Picture: Queen Alexandra and the Art of Photography by Frances Dimond, a collection of photographs taken by Britain's Queen Alexandra from the 1880s to the First World War. This book is recommended by Royalty.nu visitor Marilyn, who says, "I love old photos of the royal family and this book has plenty of them."

January 13, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

January 12, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page and the Adware & Spyware page. Added a movie about the Queen Mother.

January 11, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

January 10, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Burma and a link about Sumer.

January 8, 2005 - I've updated the Royal News page (finally)! I've also added links about Korea and Romania.

January 7, 2005 - The Featured Book of the Week is Maharanis by Lucy Moore, which follows the lives of four maharajas' wives from the final days of the British Empire to the present. Published in December 2004.

January 5, 2005 - A belated Happy New Year to everyone! I'm still sick with the flu, but getting better, and hope to update the news page for you later this week. I want to say THANK YOU so much to all the kind people who have sent me get-well messages. It means a lot to me!

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