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November 27, 2016 - Added books about the Valois dynasty, the British Monarchy, Thailand, and Asia.

November 26, 2016 - The Featured Book of the Week is Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs by Douglas Smith, a biography based on forgotten documents. Published in November 2016.

November 24, 2016 - Take a Sneak Peek at the new royalty books scheduled for publication in December!

November 20, 2016 - Added a book about Edward I.

November 18, 2016 - The Featured Book of the Week is Scourge of Henry VIII by Melanie Clegg, a biography of Marie de Guise, mother of Mary, Queen of Scots. Published in October 2016.

November 11, 2016 - The Featured Book of the Week is Charlemagne by Johannes Fried, a biographical study of the Frankish king and emperor who shaped Europe's destiny. Published in October 2016.

November 6, 2016 - Added books about Henry VIII, the Tudors, Marie Antoinette, Queen Victoria, Sicily, and Sweden.

November 4, 2016 - The Featured Book of the Week is Dining With the Rich and Royal by Fiona Ross, which offers stories and recipes. Published in October 2016.

November 1, 2016 - Updated the Royal Books page with new royalty books published in November 2016.

October 31, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

October 30, 2016 - Added books about the Wars of the Roses, Mehmed IV, and Rasputin.

October 28, 2016 - The Featured Book of the Week is Anna Komnene by Leonora Neville, about the Byzantine princess who plotted to overthrow her brother and also wrote The Alexiad. Published in September 2016.

October 25, 2016 - Take a Sneak Peek at next month's new royalty books!

October 24, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

October 23, 2016 - Added a book about Istanbul.

October 22, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

October 21, 2016 - The Featured Book of the Week is Prince Arthur: The Tudor King Who Never Was by Sean Cunningham, a biography of English king Henry VIII's elder brother. Published in September 2016.

Updated the Royal News page.

October 20, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

October 18, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

October 17, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

October 16, 2016 - Added books about Boadicea, Edward VI, Victoria, Thailand, and World Royalty.

I'm also updating the Royal News page.

October 14, 2016 - Updated the Malaysia page. I'm updating the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is King Bhumibol Adulyadej: A Life's Work, edited by Nicholas Grossman and Dominic Faulder. This illustrated biography of the late king of Thailand was published in 2012.

October 13, 2016 - I've updated the Thailand page. I'm also updating the Royal News page with news about the death of Thailand's King Bhumibol. (The dreaded news widget has been retired for now.)

October 8, 2016 - Added books about Richard II, Charles Brandon, Arbella Stuart, Queen Victoria, European Queens, the Maya, and Thailand.

October 7, 2016 - The Featured Book of the Week is The Black Prince of Florence by Catherine Fletcher, about Alessandro de' Medici, ruler of Florence from 1531 to 1537. Published in September 2016.

October 2, 2016 - Added books about Ptolemy I, Aethelred the Unready, Edward IV, and Israel.

Plus, if you like reading books about royalty, don't miss the Royal Bestsellers list for July, August, and September 2016.

October 1, 2016 - Updated the Royal Books page with new royalty books published in October 2016!

September 30, 2016 - The Featured Book of the Week is Henry the Young King, 1155-1183 by Matthew Strickland, about the eldest son of England's King Henry II, who was crowned during his father's lifetime. Published in August 2016.

September 25, 2016 - Added books about Charles II and Ottoman Harems.

Take a Sneak Peek at the new royalty books scheduled for publication next month!

September 23, 2016 - The Featured Book of the Week is Richmond Park by Paul Rabbitts, which tells the history of London's largest royal park.

September 18, 2016 - Added books about Edward II and Europe.

September 16, 2016 - The Featured Book of the Week is Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory, a novel about English king Henry VIII's first wife, Katherine of Aragon, and his sisters, Margaret and Mary Tudor. Published in August 2016.

September 11, 2016 - Added books about Richard II, the Princes in the Tower, James I, Elizabeth II, and Europe.

September 9, 2016 - The Featured Book of the Week is A Royal Welcome by Anna Reynolds, a behind-the-scenes look at royal occasions at Britain's Buckingham Palace.

September 4, 2016 - Added new books about Charlemagne, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Marie of Guise, George IV, Queen Victoria, the Aztecs, the Hundred Years War, European Queens, Anglo-Saxons, Naples, and World Royalty.

September 2, 2016 - The Featured Book of the Week is The Fall of Heaven by Andrew Scott Cooper, about the Pahlavis and the final days of imperial Iran. Published in August 2016.

September 1, 2016 - Updated the Royal Books page with new royalty books published in September 2016.

August 26, 2016 - Added books about royal mistress Grace Elliott.

August 26, 2016 - The Featured Book of the Week is Charlemagne's Practice of Empire by Jennifer R. Davis, which examines how the Frankish king held together the vast empire he created.

August 25, 2016 - Take a Sneak Peek at September's new royalty books!

August 21, 2016 - Added books about the French Revolution and Ancient Rome.

August 20, 2016 - The Royal News Blog is currently down due to (another) problem at its host. I am looking for a new host.

August 19, 2016 - The Featured Book of the Week is The Grand Old Duke of York by Derek Winterbottom, a biography of British king George III's son Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany. Published in July 2016.

August 14, 2016 - Added books about Anna Komnene, Robert the Bruce, the Hundred Years War, Aragon, Cambodia, and Europe.

August 12, 2016 - The Featured Book of the Week is Marie-Antoinette by Hélène Delalex, Alexandre Maral, and Nicolas Milavanovic, an illustrated look at the life of the doomed French queen. Published in July 2016.

August 7, 2016 - Added books about Athelstan, William I, Henry V, Henry VII, Edward VII, Richard II, the Tudors, Victoria, and the Medici.

August 5, 2016 - The Featured Book of the Week is Edward III: A Heroic Failure by Jonathan Sumption, a biography of the English king, published in July 2016.

August 1, 2016 - Updated the Royal Books page with new royalty books published in August 2016.

July 31, 2016 - Added a new page about European Royal Women. Added books about Europe and Thailand.

July 29, 2016 - The Featured Book of the Week is Saladin by John Man, a biography of the 12th century ruler of Egypt and Syria who vanquished the Crusaders and built an Islamic empire. Published in April 2016.

July 25, 2016 - Take a Sneak Peek at next month's new royalty books!

July 24, 2016 - Added a new page about Roman emperor Constantine I. Also added books about Rome, WWI, and the Ottoman Empire.

July 22, 2016 - The Featured Book of the Week is Louis: The French Prince Who Invaded England by Catherine Hanley, a biography of King Louis VIII. Published in June 2016.

July 17, 2016 - Added books about Henry VIII, Marie Antoinette, George III, and the last Shah of Iran.

July 15, 2016 - The Featured Book of the Week is James I: Scotland's King of England by John Matusiak, a biography of the flawed but well-meaning ruler. Published in May 2016.

July 10, 2016 - Added books about Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth II.

Here's the list of Royal Bestsellers for April-June 2016!

July 8, 2016 - The Featured Book of the Week is The Royal Nanny by Karen Harper, a novel about a nanny for the children of future British king George V. Published in June 2016.

July 3, 2016 - Added books about Lothar II, Genghis Khan, Catherine of Aragon, Vlad the Impaler, and Ivan the Terrible.

July 1, 2016 - Updated the Royal Books page with new royalty books published in July 2016.

The Featured Book of the Week is The Queen's People, which features portraits of members of the modern British royal court in ceremonial dress. (Note: This book is very expensive!) Published in May 2016.

June 25, 2016 - Added books about the Ottoman Empire.

June 24, 2016 - The Featured Book of the Week is The Last Royal Rebel by Anna Keay, a biography of British king Charles II's illegitimate son James, Duke of Monmouth. Here's my review of the book. It was published in May 2016.

Plus, take a sneak peek at next month's new royalty books.

June 18, 2016 - Added books about Nero, the Tudors, the Stuarts, Napoleon, and China.

June 17, 2016 - The Featured Book of the Week is Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years by John Guy, about the life and reign of England's Queen Elizabeth I after age 50. Published in May 2016.

June 14, 2016 - Added a book about the Jacobite Rebellion.

June 12, 2016 - Added books about Henry VIII and George V.

June 10, 2016 - The Featured Book of the Week is Queen Elizabeth at 90 by the editors of LIFE Magazine, which tells the story of Britain's longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.

June 5, 2016 - Added new books about Frederick I, Queen Isabella, Marie Antoinette, King Arthur, Edward III, Henry VII, the Stuarts, Elizabeth II, Assyria, the Middle East, and Palaces.

June 3, 2016 - The Featured Book of the Week is The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore, a history of the dynasty that ruled a sixth of the world's surface for three centuries. Published in May 2016.

June 1, 2016 - Updated the Royal Books page with new royalty books published in June 2016.

May 29, 2016 - Added books about Alfred the Great, Henry V, and Egypt.

May 27, 2016 - The Featured Book of the Week is Tales From the Long Twelfth Century by Richard Huscroft, about the rise and fall of the Angevin empire. Published in April 2016.

May 25, 2016 - Take a Sneak Peek at next month's new royalty books!

May 23, 2016 - Here's my review of The Last Royal Rebel, a biography of the Duke of Monmouth, who was the son of Britain's King Charles II.

Added a book about the Seleucid Empire.

May 22, 2016 - Added a book about Napoleon III.

May 20, 2016 - The Featured Book of the Week is Cleopatra's Needles by Bob Brier, which describes how three massive obelisks were moved from Egypt to Paris, London, and New York in the 19th century.

May 13, 2016 - The Featured Book of the Week is Stephen: The Reign of Anarchy by Carl Watkins, about England's King Stephen (1135-1141).

May 12, 2016 - If you're wondering why the format of the Royal News page has changed, here's an explanation.

May 6, 2016 - The Featured Book of the Week is The Empress of Art by Susan Jaques, about how Catherine the Great used art as a form of diplomacy. Published in April 2016.

May 5, 2016 - Added new books about England's Henry II, Henry V, and the Yorks; France's Capets and Marie Antoinette; European Royal Women; and Thai Monarchy.

May 4, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a book about Haile Selassie.

May 1, 2016 - Updated the Royal Books page with new royalty books published in May 2016. I'm also updating the Royal News page.

April 29, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is William II: The Red King by John Gillingham, a biography of the ruthless 11th century English king known as William Rufus.

April 27, 2016 - Added books about England's York dynasty, the Wives of Henry VIII, Charles II, China's Summer Palace, Sweden, and Thailand. Updated the Royal News page.

April 26, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

April 25, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

April 24, 2016 - I've updated the Royal News page. Here's a Sneak Peek at next month's new royalty books!

April 22, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is Long to Reign Over Us by Leah Kharibian, an official souvenir album celebrating the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. Published in April 2016.

Plus, check out the Royalty.nu Royal Bestsellers list for January through March 2016!

April 21, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

April 20, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Edward VII, Edward VIII, Napoleon, Roman Emperors, the Romanovs, and China.

April 19, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

April 18, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

April 17, 2016 - The World of Royalty website is 18 years old today -- all grown up! The site would not have lasted for so long without its visitors. THANK YOU.

I've updated the Royal News page.

April 16, 2016 - I am updating the Royal News page.

April 15, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is The History of Bhutan by Karma Phuntsho, the first comprehensive history of the kingdom in English for general readers.

April 14, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Elizabeth I and Elizabeth II.

April 13, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

April 11, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

April 10, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

April 9, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

April 8, 2016 - The Featured Book of the Week is Frederick the Great: King of Prussia by Tim Blanning, a biography of the legendary ruler who transformed the map of Europe. Published in March 2016.

April 7, 2016 - Added new books about Isabella of France, Catherine de Valois, Henry VIII, Mary I, James VI and I, George II, George III, Edward VII, Elizabeth II, Assyria, Asia, and China's Ming Dynasty.

April 2, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page. Added a book about Asian Royalty.

April 1, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page. Updated the Royal Books page with new royalty books published in April 2016.

The Featured Book of the Week is The King's Bed by Don Jordan and Michael Walsh, which takes readers inside the palace of Britain's King Charles II. Published in March 2016.

March 31, 2016 - Added books about Saladin, Francis I, Louis XV, Elizabeth II, the Angevins, British Royal Parks, the Habsburgs, Greek Royalty, and the Holy Roman Empire.

March 30, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

March 28, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

March 26, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

March 25, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is Richard II: A Brittle Glory by Laura Ashe, a biography from Penguin's British Monarchs series. Published in February 2016.

Plus, check out this Sneak Peek at next month's new royalty books!

March 24, 2016 - Added a book about Egypt.

March 23, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

March 22, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

March 20, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

March 19, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

March 18, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is The Kingdom of Sicily, 1130-1860 by Louis Mendola, which covers the history of Sicily from its foundation as a multicultural kingdom under the Normans to the end of its monarchy in the 19th century.

March 17, 2016 - Added books about Catherine the Great and the Byzantine Empire.

March 16, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

March 14, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

March 12, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

March 11, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is A Day at Château de Fontainebleau by Guillaume Picon, an illustrated history of the well-preserved French royal palace. Published in February 2016.

March 10, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

March 9, 2016 - Added books about England's William II, Stephen, Richard II, Henry IV, and Henry V; William IV; the Windsors; Alexander the Great; Egyptian Pharaohs; and the Maya .

March 7, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page. I'm not feeling well, so I haven't been able to update the news page fully, but I hope to return to work soon.

March 4, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is How To Be a Tudor by Ruth Goodman, a dawn-to-dusky guide to the intimate details of 16th century life. Published in February 2016.

March 3, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

March 2, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

March 1, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

February 29, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page. Updated the Royal Books page with new royalty books published in March 2016.

February 26, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is Women Who Ruled by Claudia Gold, which offers biographies of 50 women from around the world.

February 25, 2016 - Added books about Henry VIII, Westminster, British Royalty, and Russia. Updated the Royal News page.

February 24, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

February 23, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

February 22, 2016 - I'm updating the Royal News page.

February 20, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

February 19, 2016 - I'm working to update the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is From She-Wolf to Martyr by Elizabeth Casteen, about the reign and disputed reputation of Johanna I of Naples.

February 18, 2016 - Added books about Elizabeth II and Chinese Royalty. Updated the Royal News page.

February 17, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

February 16, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

February 15, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

February 12, 2016 - The Featured Book of the Week is Henrietta Maria by Dominic Pearce, a biography of the wife of England's King Charles I. Published in January 2016.

Updated the Royal News page.

February 11, 2016 - Added books about Henry VIII, Elizabeth II, and the Habsburgs. I've also updated the Royal News page.

February 10, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

February 9, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

February 8, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is The Lost Tudor Princess by Alison Weir, a biography of beautiful, cunning Margaret Douglas, niece of England's King Henry VIII. Published in January 2016.

February 5, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

February 4, 2016 - Added books about Edward IV, Elizabeth I, Victoria, Elizabeth II, Frederick the Great, Russia, and European Royalty.

February 3, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

February 2, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

February 1, 2016 - Updated the Royal Books page with new royalty books published in February 2016. Updated the Royal News page.

January 29, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is The Golden Bees by Theo Aronson, a history of the greedy, amorous, quarrelsome Bonaparte family.

January 28, 2016 - Added books about Cleopatra, Henrietta Maria, William and Mary, Palaces, India, and Portugal.

January 27, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

January 26, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

January 25, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

January 22, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is The Last Hindu Emperor by Cynthia Talbot, which traces traditions about 12th century Indian ruler Prithviraj Chauhan. Published in December 2015.

January 20, 2016 - Added books about Caligula, Elizabeth Woodville, Queen Margot, Jane Grey, the Tudors, and Charles I. Updated the Royal News page.

January 19, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

January 18, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

January 17, 2016 - Visit the Royal News Blog to read about Royal Bestsellers for November & December 2015.

January 15, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

The Featured Book of the Week is Scanning the Pharaohs by Zahi Hawass and Sahar Saleem, which presents the results of CT imaging of New Kingdom royal mummies. Published in December 2015.

January 14, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page. Added books about Henry II, the Vikings, and the Borgias.

January 13, 2016 - Updated the Royal News page.

January 12, 2016 - The Royal News page is now up to date!

January 11, 2016 - I'm back, and I've started updating the Royal News page. Unfortunately, I was slowed down by a power outage, but I should have the site up to date in a day or two.

January 8, 2016 - Added a book by the late Ashraf Pahlavi.

The Featured Book of the Week is The Coburgs of Belgium by Theo Aronson, which tells how the Coburg family climbed from their German principality to the Belgian throne.

I plan to start updating the Royal News page again on or around January 11. Thank you for your patience.

January 2, 2016 - I'm taking some time off, so the news page probably won't be updated for about a week. See you soon!

January 1, 2016 - Happy New Year! (Can you believe it's 2016? Neither can I.) Start the year in royal style by checking out the list of January's New Royalty Books!

The Featured Book of the Week is King of Kings by Asfa-Wossen Asserate, a biography of Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie. Published in December 2015.

Other site updates: I've added books about James II, Queen Victoria, the Dark Ages, and Spain. Also updated the Royal News page.

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