Sixty Joyless De-Britished Uncrowned Commonpoor Years (1949-2009)

Elizabeth II Vice-Regal Saint: Remembering Paul Comtois (1895–1966), Lt.-Governor of Québec
Britannic Inheritance: Britain's proud legacy. What legacy will America leave?
English Debate: Daniel Hannan revels in making mince meat of Gordon Brown
Crazy Canucks: British MP banned from Canada on national security grounds
Happy St. Patrick's: Will Ireland ever return to the Commonwealth?
Voyage Through the Commonwealth: World cruise around the faded bits of pink.
No Queen for the Green: The Green Party of Canada votes to dispense with monarchy.
"Sir Edward Kennedy": The Queen has awarded the senator an honorary Knighthood.
President Obama: Hates Britain, but is keen to meet the Queen?
The Princess Royal: Princess Anne "outstanding" in Australia.
H.M.S. Victory: In 1744, 1000 sailors went down with a cargo of gold.
Queen's Commonwealth: Britain is letting the Commonwealth die.
Justice Kirby: His support for monarchy almost lost him appointment to High Court
Royal Military Academy: Sandhurst abolishes the Apostles' Creed.
Air Marshal Alec Maisner, R.I.P. Half Polish, half German and 100% British.
Cherie Blair: Not a vain, self regarding, shallow thinking viper after all.
Harry Potter: Celebrated rich kid thinks the Royals should not be celebrated
The Royal Jelly: A new king has been coronated, and his subjects are in a merry mood
Victoria Cross: Australian TROOPER MARK DONALDSON awarded the VC
Godless Buses: Royal Navy veteran, Ron Heather, refuses to drive his bus
Labour's Class War: To expunge those with the slightest pretensions to gentility
100 Top English Novels of All Time: The Essential Fictional Library
BIG BEN: Celebrating 150 Years of the Clock Tower

Wednesday, 17 January 2007

Right Royal Bastards

"David Cameron MP, descendent of a right royal bastard, receives a copy of Burke's Right Royal Bastards from the authors"

Sex, power, mystery and blood - gripping, untold stories about the British monarchy, and a sensational investigation using DNA to establish the Blood Line of the Royal House of Stuart.

Since 1066 when William the Conqueror (alias William the Bastard) took the throne, English and Scottish kings have sired at least 150 children out of wedlock. Many were acknowledged at court and founded dynasties of their own – several of today’s dukedoms are descended from them. Others were only acknowledged begrudgingly. In the 20th century, the trend for royals to father illegitimate children did not change - but the parentage, while highly probable, has not been officially recognised at all.

This book is a new, genuinely fresh approach to 'Kings & Queens' on British television. It is strongly rooted in four, focused themes about well-known monarchs. But we see them and their times through the unfamiliar perspective of their bastard children. Interviewees include many of the royal bastards' descendants. Beyond the personal narratives, this book sheds light on the perennially fascinating national obsessions of sexual habits; the links between politics, power and patronage; the class system; the press, gossip, sleaze, scandal and celebrity; the different expectations we have of men and women.

Two leading genealogists have already done the groundwork for the book - they have trawled public archives and gained access to private papers, including those kept by the royal family. Beyond colour and anecdote, their investigations have unearthed startling new material. And in the final analysis there is the DNA sequencing used to determine the DNA of the Royal House of Stuart.



The Monarchist said...

I posted this for no other reason than that I thought it was amusing when I discovered it.