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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 2006, click here; and for info on the most recent updates, visit the main What's New page.

December 31, 2005 - Updated the Royal Books page with new royalty books published in January 2006. Also updated the Royal News page. Added new books about Eastern Orthodox Churches, King Arthur, Ireland, Portugal, and the Great Wall of China.

December 30, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Corrected the Liechtenstein article and added links. Added books about the Great Wall of China.

The Featured Book of the Week is Forgotten Empire: The World of Ancient Persia edited by John Curtis and Nigel Tallis. Persia's Achaeminid Empire flourished between 550 and 331 B.C. This illustrated book was created in association with the British Museum, which is mounting the most comprehensive exhibit ever staged on the Achaeminids. Published in November 2005.

December 28, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about King Edward II, Titus Oates, the Duke of Cumberland, and British History.

December 27, 2005 - Added a new page about Bhutan. Added books about Buckingham Palace and Italian Palaces.

December 26, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a book about Spanish Palaces.

December 24, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Napoleon and the Netherlands.

The Featured Book of the Week is Philip and Elizabeth: Portrait of a Royal Marriage by Gyles Brandreth, a biography of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip. Illustrated with family photographs. Published in November 2005.

December 23, 2005 - I've made some further updates to the Royal News page. I expect to finish updating the news soon.

December 22, 2005 - I'm back (almost)! Thank you to all the kind people who sent me get-well wishes. I'm feeling better and working to get the site up to date, although it may take me a few days to finish. See the Royal News page for some early updates.

December 17, 2005 - I am sick - nothing serious, but I won't be able to update the site for a few days. I'm sorry for the delay.

December 16, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory, a novel about Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of England's King Henry VIII. Published in December 2005.

December 14, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

December 13, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

December 12, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added links about History and Prince Charles.

December 11, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

December 10, 2005 - Added books about Cleopatra, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and Henry VIII. Updated the Royal News page.

December 9, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a book about Denmark's Crown Princess Mary.

The Featured Book of the Week is The Journey of the Magi by Richard C. Trexler, which examines the Nativity story of the Three Kings or Wise Men and how it has been interpreted and used through the centuries.

December 7, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

December 6, 2005 - Added books about King David, Henry VIII, Sir Thomas More, James I, Louis XIV, Queen Noor, France, World Royalty, and the Forbidden City.

December 5, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page and the India news section. Added a books about the Abbasid Dynasty and John Wilmot, second Earl of Rochester.

December 4, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

December 3, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page and the Frequently Asked Questions page.

December 2, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the India and Russia news sections.

The Featured Book of the Week is Royal Treasures: A Golden Jubilee Celebration edited by Jane Roberts, which contains specially commissioned photographs and detailed histories of the very best items in Britain's Royal Collection, including paintings and drawings by great masters; works of art by Fabergé and others; fine furniture, ceramics, sculpture, armor, and more. 450 color illustrations and photographs.

November 30, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a book about the Medici family.

November 29, 2005 - Updated the Royal Books page with new royalty books published in December 2005. Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Mithradates VI, Charles I, European Royalty, Indian Royalty, Japanese Royalty, and Norwegian Royalty.

November 28, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a link about British Royalty. Added books about Thailand and the Children of Edward VII.

November 26, 2005 - Added a book about Louis XIV.

November 25, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page and the Oceania news section.

The Featured Book of the Week is Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore by Bettany Hughes. For three thousand years, Helen of Troy has been a symbol of female beauty and power. But who was the real Helen? This book examines the facts and myths surrounding her life. Published in October 2005.

November 23, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added DVDs about Charles and Camilla, the French Revolution, and ancient Rome.

November 22, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

November 21, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page and the Greece, Nepal, and Uganda news sections.

November 20, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

November 19, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

November 18, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page and the Russia news section.

The Featured Book of the Week is To the Tower Born: A Novel of the Lost Princes by Robin Maxwell, which tells the story of two 15th century English princes who disappeared in the Tower of London through the eyes of a printer's daughter and her friend Elizabeth of York, the princes' sister.

November 16, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

November 15, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about King David, Napoleon, and Franz Joseph.

November 14, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Africa and Ethiopia news sections.

November 12, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page and the Spain news section.

November 11, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Updated the Coupons & Deals page with new offers from A&E/History Channel. Added a book about Nepal.

The Featured Book of the Week is Female Caligula: Ranavalona, the Mad Queen of Madagascar by Keith Laidler. Queen Ranavalona I reigned for 35 years, beginning in 1828. She had a million of her subjects ritually executed. This book tells the story of her bizarre court, outrageous costumes, and extravagances. Published in November 2005.

November 9, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

November 8, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a book about the Spencers. Added Nativity costumes and other Christmas costumes to the Royal Costumes page.

November 7, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page and the Cambodia news section.

November 5, 2005 - Added books about Royalty, Alexander the Great, Catherine the Great, the Stuarts, the Czechoslovak region, ancient Persia, and Yemen.

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

The Featured Book of the Week is Alwaleed: Businessman, Billionaire, Prince by Riz Khan. This is a biography of Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who was ranked by Forbes magazine in 2005 as the fifth richest person in the world. Published in October 2005.

November 3, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

November 2, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

November 1, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Alexander the Great.

October 31, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Ghana and India news sections. Added a link about Pocahontas.

October 30, 2005 - Added books about the Ottoman Empire.

October 29, 2005 - Updated the Royal Books page with new royalty books published in November 2005. Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Harold II, Catherine of Aragon, Denmark, and India.

October 28, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England by Alison Weir, a biography of Isabella of France, wife of 14th century English king Edward II. Published in October 2005.

October 27, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

October 26, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page and the China news section.

October 25, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a book about Hawaii.

October 24, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

October 22, 2005 - Added a book about Morocco. Updated the Royal News page.

October 21, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page and the Prince William article.

The Featured Book of the Week is The Eternal Army: The Terracotta Army of the First Chinese Emperor edited by Roberto Ciarla, photos by Araldo De Luca. What sort of ruler was Qin Shi Huang? Why was his tomb guarded by 7,000 terracotta statues? This book explores the emperor's life and times. Published in October 2005.

October 19, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

October 18, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

October 17, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added the movie Kingdom of Heaven to the Crusades page.

October 15, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added new books about the Roman Republic, the Roman Empire, Emperor Constantine, Byzantine emperor Basil II, and Napoleon I.

October 14, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a book about Charles and Camilla, and links about the royal family of Monaco.

The Featured Book of the Week is Alexander II: The Last Great Tsar by Edvard Radzinsky. Nineteenth century tsar Alexander II freed Russia's serfs, yet launched vicious wars. He was a royal Don Juan, yet fell profoundly in love. This biography raises intriguing questions about palace conspiracies and the hidden romances of the Romanovs. Published in October 2005.

October 13, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

October 12, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

October 11, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

October 10, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page and the Thailand news section.

October 9, 2005 - Added books about Hatshepsut, Ranavalona I, Elizabeth I, Elizabeth II, the Queen Mother, and Europe.

October 8, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

October 7, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a book about Nepal.

The Featured Book of the Week is Nell Gwynn: Mistress to a King by Charles Beauclerk. This is a biography of a 17th century orange-seller who became an actress and mistress of Britain's King Charles II. The author is a direct descendant of their union. Published in October 2005.

October 5, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

October 4, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added new books about Edward IV, Henry VIII, Catherine of Aragon, and Norwegian Royalty.

October 3, 2005 - Added a book about Helen of Troy. Updated the Royal News page.

October 1, 2005 - Updated the Royal Halloween Costumes page and the Royal News page.

September 30, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette: A Novel by Carrolly Erickson. Marie Antoinette tells the story of her life, from her privileged childhood as an Austrian archduchess to her years as queen of France to her imprisonment during the French Revolution. Published in September 2005.

September 28, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a documentary about the Maya.

The special book giveaway is now over. Congratulations to Sandy, who will receive a free copy of The Virtues of War by Steven Pressfield.

September 27, 2005 - Updated the Royal Books page with new royalty books published in October 2005. Added books about Nero and the Royal Collection.

September 26, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

September 24, 2005 - Added a book about Ottoman Architecture.

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

The Featured Book of the Week is Royal Gardens of Europe by George Plumptre. This book examines royal leisure gardens; the influence of English gardening; restorations of important gardens; contemporary royal gardens; and more. Published in September 2005.

September 22, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

September 21, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

September 20, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about the Romanovs, Caesar, and Shi Huangdi.

September 19, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

September 17, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a book about Welsh Royalty.

September 16, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Asia and Thailand news sections.

The Featured Book of the Week is Nero by Jurgen Malitz. The Roman emperor Nero's crimes are notorious, but this biography also outlines his surprisingly responsible political agenda, his initial popularity, and his patronage of the arts. Published in August 2005.

September 15, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

September 14, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a link about Malaysia.

September 13, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a book about ancient Rome.

September 12, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Asia and Iran news sections. Added a link about Elizabeth II.

September 10, 2005 - Added books about Edward II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Updated the Royal News page.

September 9, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Iran and Thailand news sections.

The Featured Book of the Week is Her Majesty's Spymaster by Stephen Budiansky. Ruthless and fiercely loyal to his monarch, England's Queen Elizabeth I, Sir Francis Walsingham worked behind the scenes to foil Mary Queen of Scots and outwit Spain and France. Published in August 2005.

September 7, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Russia and Saudi Arabia news sections. Added a link about Prince Charles and books about Bermuda.

September 6, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Henrietta Maria, King Charles II, Nell Gwynn, Emperor Yang, Chinese Royalty, King Saul, Jezebel, Tsar Ivan the Terrible, King Arthur, Native American Royalty, Aztecs, Peru, Cameroon, and Vietnam.

September 5, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Bahrain and Nigeria news sections.

September 4, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

September 3, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

September 2, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is Cleopatra and Rome by Diane E. E. Kleiner. This illustrated book chronicles Cleopatra's mark on the art of imperial Rome. Published in September 2005.

August 31, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

August 30, 2005 - Updated the Royal Books page with new royalty books published in September 2005. Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Richard I, Elizabeth I, Napoleon I, Nicholas II, Princess Diana, British Royal Travel, European Royal Gardens, Israel, Mesopotamia, and Spain.

August 29, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page and the Afghanistan news section.

August 27, 2005 - Added books about German Palaces and a link about Iceland.

August 26, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is Queen Emma and the Vikings: Power, Love, and Greed in 11th Century England by Harriet O'Brien. Emma, one of England's most remarkable queens, made her mark on a nation beset by Viking raiders at the end of the Dark Ages. Published in August 2005.

August 24, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a book and link about Edward II.

August 23, 2005 - Added books about Oman and the United Arab Emirates. Added links about the Angevins, Elizabeth I, Charles I, Africa, Egypt, England, and France.

August 22, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page and the Ethiopia news section.

August 20, 2005 - Added books about the Romanovs and Queen Ena. Updated the Royal News page.

August 19, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page and the Thailand news section.

The Featured Book of the Week is The Essence of Style by Joan DeJean. According to the author, France's King Louis XIV set the standards of fashion and luxury that still rule today. Published in July 2005.

August 17, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Liechtenstein news section.

August 16, 2005 - Added books about Shi Huangdi, Emperor Francis Joseph, Catherine the Great, Napoleon, and Spanish Palaces. Updated the Coupons & Deals page with new coupon codes from Alibris and other offers.

August 15, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

August 14, 2005 - Visit the new World of Royalty Blog, and please feel free to leave your comments!

August 13, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a book about Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal.

August 12, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page and the Nigeria news section.

The Featured Book of the Week is My Lady Scandalous by Jo Manning, a biography of Grace Elliott, a mistress of Britain's future King George IV. She was also mistress of a member of the French royal family, and she narrowly escaped death via guillotine during the French Revolution. It was rumored that Napoleon wanted to marry her. Published in August 2005.

August 10, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

August 9, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added new books about Cleopatra, Elizabeth I, Scotland's St. Margaret, Queen Esther, and British Royalty.

August 8, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added new books about Louis XIV, Marie Antoinette, Welsh Royalty, and Royal Feasts.

August 6, 2005 - Added books about King Saul, the Princes in the Tower, the Battle of Bosworth, Elizabeth I, Marie Antoinette, Prince William, and the Medicis.

August 5, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is Freddy and Fredericka by Mark Helprin, about a fictional Prince and Princess of Wales who travel across the United States: riding freight trains, washing dishes, fighting forest fires, and becoming enmeshed in a presidential campaign. Published in July 2005.

August 3, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a book about African Royalty.

August 2, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added links about Greek Royalty and Henry VIII.

August 1, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page and the Egypt news section. Added a book about the Edwardian Era and a link about Czechoslovak Royalty.

July 30, 2005 - Updated the Royal Books page with new royalty books published in August 2005. Added books about Israel, Manipur, and George III.

July 29, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Brunei, Egypt, and Oceania news sections. Added books about the Battle of Culloden.

The Featured Book of the Week is The Night Attila Died: Solving the Murder of Attila the Hun by Michael A. Babcock. This book presents evidence pointing to an assassination plot and cover-up orchestrated by Attila's chief rival, Marcian. Published in July 2005.

July 27, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page and the China news section.

July 26, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a book about Saladin.

July 25, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the India and Oceania news sections. Added a book about Iraq.

July 24, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

July 23, 2005 - Added new books about Napoleon, Nero, the Romanovs, and Thutmose III.

July 22, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Nepal news section. Added a new link to the Prince Charles page.

The Featured Book of the Week is Diana: The Last Word by Simone Simmons and Ingrid Seward. Simmons is an "energy healer" who treated Princess Diana and eventually became her personal friend. This book includes her claim that Diana had a one-night stand with John F. Kennedy Jr. Published in June 2005.

July 20, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Oceania news section. Added documentaries about Jordan and a book about Attila the Hun.

July 19, 2005 - Added a new page about Portuguese Royalty. Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Princess Diana and Catherine of Braganza.

July 18, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

July 16, 2005 - Added books about Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Emma, and Romans & Barbarians.

July 15, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page and the Japan news section.

The Featured Book of the Week is Dressed to Rule: Royal and Court Costume From Louis XIV to Elizabeth II by Philip Mansel. Throughout history, rulers have used clothes as a form of propaganda. Individual styles of dress throw light on monarchs' personalities, court systems, and ambitions. Published in July 2005.

July 13, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page and the Cambodia news section.

July 12, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about King Arthur, Ethelred the Unready, Genghis Khan, George IV, Ramses II, King Zog, Monarchy, Israel, the Middle East, Nigeria, Sweden, and the Valley of the Kings.

July 11, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Ghana and Iraq news sections. Added a novel about British royalty.

July 9, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a link about Cambodian Royalty.

July 8, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a link and video about The Man in the Iron Mask.

The Featured Book of the Week is Royal Palaces of Britain by Jane Struthers, photographs by Chris Coe. This book takes readers to 30 of the finest royal palaces in England, Scotland and Wales, and delves into the history of each palace.

July 6, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

July 5, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about the Stewart dynasty.

July 4, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page and the Africa news section. Added a link about Indonesia, and books about Hadrian and Sierra Leone.

July 2, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

July 1, 2005 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is Chronicle of the Pharaohs by Peter A. Clayton, a reign-by-reign record of the rulers and dynasties of ancient Egypt with 350 illustrations, 130 in color.

For information about updates made between January and June 2005, click here.



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