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June 30, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is The Sons of Caesar: Imperial Rome's First Dynasty by Philip Matyszak. Reviews the long history of the Julian and Claudian families in Rome. At the heart of the account are the lives of six men -- Julius Caesar, Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, and Nero -- who changed Rome from a democracy to a personal possession. Published in June 2006.

June 28, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a DVD about European Royalty.

June 27, 2006 - Added books about Elizabeth I, Victoria and Albert, British Royalty, British Palaces, and Spain.

June 26, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Asia news section.

June 24, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

June 23, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is Little Red's Summer Adventure by Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York; illustrated by Sam Williams. Little Red and her friends are worried that their summer will be ruined when a pesky magpie steals a magic key. For children ages 4 to 8. Published in June 2006.

June 22, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

June 21, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Josephine, the Qing Dynasty, and Hungary.

June 20, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

June 19, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

June 18, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

June 17, 2006 - Whew. There's been a lot of royal news lately. I have updated the News Page again. I've also added a book about royalty in India.

June 16, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Belgium news section.

The Featured Book of the Week is Charlemagne by Derek Wilson, a lively account of Charlemagne's life, character, and accomplishments. A sage ruler, he ordered executions reminiscent of Caligula. A devout Christian, he considered himself above the church and sired numerous illegitimate children. With military might he dominated his world. Published in June 2006.

June 15, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

June 14, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

June 12, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

June 11, 2006 - Added new books about Queen Victoria, Queen Mary's Doll's House, Marie Antoinette, and Henry VIII. Updated the Royal News page.

June 10, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

June 9, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is Empress: A Novel by Shan Sa, which tells the story of Empress Wu, the seventh century concubine who became ruler of China. Published in May 2006.

June 7, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

June 6, 2006 - Added books about King Bhumibol Adulyadej, King James I, Ramses II, Diane de Poitiers, King Arthur, British Royalty, American Palaces, and India. Updated the Royal News page.

June 5, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Buckingham Palace and British History.

June 2, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is Grace Kelly: Icon of Style to Royal Bride by H. Kristina Haugland. This book tells the story behind Princess Grace of Monaco's wedding gown, cap, veil, shoes, and prayer book. It includes color images of the wedding dress, accessories, and attendants' dresses, along with numerous historical photographs illustrating the actress's career, style, and wedding. Published in May 2006.

June 1, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

May 31, 2006 - Updated the Royal Books page with new royalty books published in June 2006. Updated the Royal News page.

May 30, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a book about Henry III.

May 29, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

May 27, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about the British Monarchy, the Hanoverians, and Kew Palace.

May 26, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is The First Emperor of China by Jonathan Clements. This biography exposes the intrigues and scandals of the first emperor's family -- his mother's plot to overthrow him, a revolt led by his stepfather, and the suspicious death of his half-brother -- and provides a terrifying glimpse of daily life in a land under absolute rule. Published in May 2006.

May 24, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

May 23, 2006 - Added books about Boadicea, Edward III, Kublai Khan, and France.

May 22, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a book about Shaka Zulu.

May 19, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is The Golden King: The World of Tutankhamun by Zahi Hawass. In this richly illustrated book, Egypt's leading archaeologist tells the story of King Tut and his royal dynasty. Published in May 2006.

May 17, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

May 16, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Julius Caesar and other emperors of Ancient Rome.

May 15, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a book about Alfred the Great.

May 13, 2006 - Added books about Julia Augusti, Pocahontas, Gannibal, and Fergie.

May 12, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is Sex With the Queen by Eleanor Herman. How did queens find happiness? Many had love affairs. This book discusses Anne Boleyn, Catherine the Great, Marie Antoinette, Princess Diana, and other royal women. Published in April 2006.

May 10, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a book about European Royal Courts.

May 9, 2006 - Added books about Jane Seymour, Elizabeth I, Elizabeth II, the Gunpowder Plot, and Medieval England.

May 8, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

May 6, 2006 - Added books about Charlemagne, Henry VIII, King Hussein, European Monarchy, and the Battle of Agincourt.

May 5, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark by Karin Palshøj and Gitte Redder, a biography of Mary Donaldson, the Australian woman who married Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark in 2004. Published in April 2006.

May 3, 2006 - Added the DVD of the TV series Windsor Castle: A Royal Year. Updated the Royal News page.

May 2, 2006 - Added a new book about Lady Jane Grey.

May 1, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

April 29, 2006 - Updated the Royal Books page with new royalty books published in May 2006.

Also added books about Cleopatra, British Royal History, Hawaii's Bishop Estate, and Royal Paper Dolls.

April 28, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is Cleopatra: A Sourcebook by Prudence J. Jones. This book documents what we know of the historical Cleopatra and shows how she was portrayed from ancient times to the 20th century. The introduction places the sources in historical and cultural context. Published in April 2006.

April 26, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

April 24, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page and the Swaziland news section. Added a link about Danish Royalty.

April 21, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a book about Elizabeth I, and links about Elizabeth II and Edward VIII.

The Featured Book of the Week is The Queen: A Biography of Elizabeth II by Ben Pimlott. Elizabeth II has quietly become one of the longest-reigning monarchs in English history. This book succeeds in making the Queen seem like a living, breathing person, and also provides a useful introduction to British politics in the second half of the 20th century. (Review © Amazon.com)

April 20, 2006 - Updated the Bahrain news section.

April 19, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

April 18, 2006 - Added books about Julius Caesar, Empress Wu, and European Queens.

April 17, 2006 - The World of Royalty is eight years old today! This site started (at a different URL) in 1998 and moved to the royalty.nu domain in 2001.

Thank you to everyone who visited and contributed to the site over the past year, to everyone who sent news, suggestions, or encouraging words, and special thanks to those who purchased books or other items through the links on this site. The continued existence and growth of the World of Royalty site would not be possible without all of you.

I've updated the Royal News page and added a book about Charles I.

April 15, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

April 14, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page. The Featured Book of the Week is The Women of Windsor by Catherine Whitney. This book examines the lives of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret, and Princess Anne. Published in April 2006.

April 12, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

April 10, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page. Added the documentary Hawaii's Last Queen.

April 8, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Richard III's wife, Anne Neville, and Mary Queen of Scots.

April 7, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is Henry I: King of England and Duke of Normandy by Judith Green. According to this biography, Henry was a fascinating but repellent personality. His outlook was essentially traditional, and he made some hugely significant developments in governance. Published in March 2006.

April 5, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

April 4, 2006 - Added new books about King Tut, Elizabeth Woodville, Prince Albert Victor, Princess Grace, Royal History, Egyptian Palaces, Israel, and Hinduism.

April 3, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page and the Ghana news section. Added books about Kenya.

April 1, 2006 - Updated the Royal Books page with new royalty books published in April 2006.

March 31, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a new book about Catherine the Great.

The Featured Book of the Week is The Greatest Traitor by Ian Mortimer, a biography of Roger Mortimer, the lover of English king Edward II's wife, Isabella of France. After deposing and apparently killing the king, Mortimer ruled England for three years. Published in March 2006.

March 29, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Swaziland news section.

March 28, 2006 - Added documentaries about Boudica. Updated the Royal News page.

March 27, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

March 25, 2006 - Added a new page about the Duke & Duchess of Windsor (with pictures)! Also added books about British Queens and Indian Palaces.

March 24, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about the Bahamas.

The Featured Book of the Week is The Court of the Last Tsar by Greg King. This book recaptures the glittering lost world of Russia's Nicholas II and Alexandra: imperial ceremonies and entertainments, intrigues and scandals, and day-to-day details, from table settings to servant life. With 24 pages of color illustrations and 80 rare black-and-white photographs. Published in March 2006.

March 22, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

March 21, 2006 - Added books about Qin Shi Huangdi, Cleopatra, Caesar, Napoleon, and Princess Diana. Added the British miniseries Edward & Mrs. Simpson.

March 20, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Ghana and Iran news sections.

March 18, 2006 - Added books about Crown Princess Mary, the Windsors, and the Aztecs.

March 17, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a book about Cambodia and links about the Vikings.

The Featured Book of the Week is Osman's Dream: The History of the Ottoman Empire by Caroline Finkel. At its height, the realm of the Ottoman emperors extended from Hungary to the Persian Gulf, from North Africa to the Caucasus. This book recounts the story of the empire from its origins in the 13th century through its destruction in World War I. Published in February 2006.

March 15, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

March 14, 2006 - Updated the Frequently Asked Questions page.

March 13, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

March 11, 2006 - Added a book about Boadicea.

March 10, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page. The Featured Book of the Week is The Last Boleyn by Karen Harper, a novel about Anne Boleyn's sister Mary, who was the mistress of both Henry VIII and the king of France. Published in February 2006.

March 8, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a book about the Ottoman Empire.

March 7, 2006 - Added a new link about Alexander the Great. Added books about Robert the Bruce, the Incas, and the Maya.

March 6, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

March 4, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

March 3, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace by Mario Testino. Contains 70 beautiful images, many previously unseen, taken five months before Princess Diana's death. Published in March 2006.

March 1, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

February 28, 2006 - Updated the Royal Books page with new royalty books published in March 2006. Updated the Royal News page.

February 27, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page and the Thailand news section. Added a book about Hawaii.

February 25, 2006 - Added a book about the British Monarchy.

February 24, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Japan and Luxembourg news sections. Added books about the Man in the Iron Mask.

The Featured Book of the Week is Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali by D. T. Niane. Sundiata was the 13th century founder of Africa's Mali empire. This epic tale is part history and part legend.

February 22, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page and the Rome news section.

February 20, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page. Added the book Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan by Shrabani Basu, about Noor Inayat Khan, a descendant of Indian ruler Tipu Sultan. She became a British secret agent and died in a Nazi concentration camp.

I also added CDs of music composed by Henry VIII.

February 18, 2006 - Added books about Julius Caesar, Augustus Caesar, the Mughals, and the Qing Dynasty.

February 17, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is The Sultan's Seal: A Novel by Jenny White. The body of an English governess from the sultan's harem washes up in 19th century Istanbul. Was it a political murder involving the palace, or a crime of personal passion? Published in February 2006.

February 15, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

February 14, 2006 - Added the National Geographic documentary The Last Royals. Updated the Afghanistan news section. Added books about Princess Diana.

February 13, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Americas and Greece news sections.

February 11, 2006 - Added books about Nicholas II and European Queens.

February 10, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Attila the Hun and India.

The Featured Book of the Week is David and Solomon by Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher Silberman. The earliest folklore about King David depicts him as a bandit leader. Later authors added images of David as a poet and founder of a great dynasty. This book shows shows how the stories of David and Solomon reflect the roots of Western tradition. Published in January 2006.

February 8, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a book about Thailand.

February 7, 2006 - Added books about Henry I, Edward II, Richard III, King Tut, and King Arthur. Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Middle East and Morocco news sections.

February 6, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

February 4, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

February 3, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is After Elizabeth: The Rise of James of Scotland and the Struggle for the Throne of England by Leanda de Lisle. This book focuses on the year that the reign of England's Queen Elizabeth I ended, and the scheming of courtiers and clergy to find her successor. Published in January 2006.

February 1, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

January 31, 2006 - Updated the Royal Books page with new royalty books published in February 2006.

January 30, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a book about George III.

January 28, 2006 - Added a book about the Glorious Revolution.

January 27, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is Queen Margaret of Scotland by Eileen Dunlop. The daughter of 11th century English prince Edward the Exile, Margaret married King Malcolm III of Scotland and was eventually canonized as a saint. This entertaining book explores the life and world of the determined, influential woman behind the legend of St Margaret. It includes illustrations, maps, family trees, and a list of places to visit. Published in January 2006.

January 26, 2006 - Updated the Swaziland news section.

January 25, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a link about Marie Antoinette.

January 24, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a link about Africa and a book about the Ottoman Empire.

January 23, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

January 22, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

January 21, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

January 20, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page and the Swaziland news section.

The Featured Book of the Week is Imperial Dancer: Mathilde Kschessinska and the Romanovs by Coryne Hall, the biography of a ballerina who was the mistress of future Russian tsar Nicholas II. She later became the mistress of two Grand Dukes and married one.

January 18, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a photo to the China's First Emperor page. Added a book about Rasputin.

January 17, 2006 - Added books about Constantine and Napoleon.

January 16, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Rasputin and Jainism.

January 15, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

January 14, 2006 - Added a book about Egyptian Royalty.

January 13, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Jordan news section.

The Featured Book of the Week is Cupid and the King: Five Royal Paramours by Princess Michael of Kent, which looks at the lives of five royal mistresses: Diane De Poitiers, Nell Gwyn, Madame de Pompadour, Marie Walewska, and Lola Montez. The author is married to a British prince.

January 12, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

January 11, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Egypt and India.

January 10, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a book about Canada & Monarchy.

January 9, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Belgium and Swaziland news sections. Updated the Royal Collectibles page. Added a book about the United Arab Emirates.

January 7, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about King Athelstan, Lady Jane Grey, Napoleon, King Solomon, the Boleyns, Ancient Egypt, Italy, Spain, and World Royalty.

January 6, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Denmark news section and added a link to the Three Kings page.

The Featured Book of the Week is Unfolding Pictures: Fans in the Royal Collection by Jane Roberts, Prudence Sutcliffe, and Susan Mayor. This lavishly illustrated book presents the most beautiful and historically interesting fans in Britain's Royal Collection, along with the stories of their creation and biographical information about their owners. Published in January 2006.

January 4, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about England's King Henry V and the Battle of Agincourt. Updated the Royal Costumes & Crowns and Royal Tiaras pages.

January 3, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page.

January 2, 2006 - Updated the Royal News page. Also updated the Denmark news section. Added a book written by the King of Thailand.

January 1, 2006 - Happy New Year! My best wishes to you for a peaceful and prosperous 2006.

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