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The Royal Diaries is the second spin-off of Dear America by Scholastic. It started in 1999 with Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor and ended in 2005 with Catherine: The Great Journey. Three of the books were adapted into films in 2000. The series has also been published in several languages and other international series.

The series tells fictionalized accounts of real-life historical figures during their adolescence. The Royal Diaries has covered several well known historical figures, such as Marie Antoinette and Anastasia, as well as the lesser known Lady of Ch'iao Kuo, Sŏndŏk, Anacaona, and Nzingha.

Background and topics[]

The Royal Diaries was launched by Scholastic in 1999 as a spin-off to Dear America. However, unlike Dear America, which focuses only on fictional girls living in America, The Royal Diaries features real historical figures of royal or high-ranking backgrounds from around the world. The series initially began by covering well known figures, such as Elizabeth I and Cleopatra VII, before branching out to lesser known women like Lady of Ch'iao Kuo, Lady of Palenque, and Anacaona. The series concluded in 2005 with Catherine: The Great Journey. Each cover of the original edition was illustrated by Tim O'Brien. In 2013, Scholastic re-released Anastasia and Marie Antoinette with new covers illustrated by Mélanie Delon.

List of books[]

Publication order[]

Cover No. Title Author Published ISBN
Elizabeth 1 Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor Kathryn Lasky June 1999[1] 9780590684842
Cleopatra 2 Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile Kristiana Gregory September 1999[2] 9780590819756
Marie-Antoinette 3 Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles Kathryn Lasky April 2000[3] 9780439076661
Isabel 4 Isabel: Jewel of Castilla Carolyn Meyer July 2000[4] 9780439078054
Anastasia-book 5 Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess Carolyn Meyer September 2000[5] 9780439129084
Nzingha-book 6 Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba Patricia C. McKissack September 2000[6] 9780439112109
Kaiulani-book 7 Kaiulani: The People's Princess Ellen Emerson White April 2001[7] 9780439129091
Warrior of the South 8 Lady of Ch'iao Kuo: Warrior of the South Laurence Yep September 2001[8] 9780439164832
Victoria-book 9 Victoria: May Blossom of Britannia Anna Kirwan November 2001[9] 9780439215985
Mary 10 Mary, Queen of Scots: Queen Without a Country Kathryn Lasky April 2002[10] 9780439194044
Sondok-book 11 Sŏndŏk: Princess of the Moon and Stars Sheri Holman June 2002[11] 9780439165860
Jahanara-book 12 Jahanara: Princess of Princesses Kathryn Lasky September 2002[12] 9780439223508
Eleanor-book 13 Eleanor: Crown Jewel of Aquitaine Kristiana Gregory November 2002[13] 9780439164849
Elisabeth-book 14 Elisabeth: The Princess Bride Barry Denenberg April 2003[14] 9780439266444
Kristina-book 15 Kristina: The Girl King Carolyn Meyer May 2003[15] 9780439249768
Weetamoo-book 16 Weetamoo: Heart of the Pocassets Patricia Clark Smith September 2003[16] 9780439129107
Lady-of-Palenque-book 17 Lady of Palenque: Flower of Bacal Anna Kirwan April 2004[17] 9780439409711
Kazunomiya-book 18 Kazunomiya: Prisoner of Heaven Kathryn Lasky September 2004[18] 9780439164856
Anacaona-book 19 Anacaona: Golden Flower Edwidge Danticat April 2005[19] 9780439499064
Catherine-book 20 Catherine: The Great Journey Kristiana Gregory December 2005[20] 9780439253857

Chronological order[]

See also: List of books by time period
No. Title Time period
1 Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile 57 – 55 BC
2 Lady of Ch'iao Kuo: Warrior of the South AD 531
3 Sŏndŏk: Princess of the Moon and Stars AD 595
4 Lady of Palenque: Flower of Bacal AD 749
5 Eleanor: Crown Jewel of Aquitaine 1136 — 1137
6 Isabel: Jewel of Castilla 1466 — 1469
7 Anacaona: Golden Flower 1490
8 Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor 1544 — 1547
9 Mary, Queen of Scots: Queen Without a Country 1553 — 1554
10 Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba 1595 — 1596
11 Jahanara: Princess of Princesses 1627 — 1631
12 Kristina: The Girl King 1638 — 1639
13 Weetamoo: Heart of the Pocassets 1653 — 1654
14 Catherine: The Great Journey 1743 — 1745
15 Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles 1769 — 1771
16 Victoria: May Blossom of Britannia 1829 — 1831
17 Elisabeth: The Princess Bride 1853 — 1854
18 Kazunomiya: Prisoner of Heaven 1858 — 1862
19 Kaiulani: The People's Princess 1889 — 1893
20 Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess 1914 — 1918

International editions[]

Korean-box-set

Box-set of the Korean edition

Books in The Royal Diaries have been republished and translated around the world:

  • In Spanish, the series was titled Diarias de Reinas y Princesas and published by Salamandra.
  • Polish editions of the books were published under the series title, Pamiętniki Księżniczek, by Świat Książki.
  • The series was translated into Greek by Μontepnoi Κaipoi.
  • In South Korea, The Royal Diaries was translated in Korean as 궁중 일기 by Lee Na-gyung (이나경).
  • The series was translated into Thai under the title, บันทึกราชนารี.
  • Some of the books were also republished in the international series: Mon Histoire (French), Diari nella storia (Italian), the My Story spin-off My Royal Story, and History Behind the Diary (Mandarin).

Adaptations[]

Main article: The Royal Diaries (film series)

In 2000, three books in The Royal Diaries, Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor, Isabel: Jewel of Castilla, and Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile, were made into television films and aired on HBO. They were released on video cassette and later on DVD in 2008.[21]

In November 2021, it was announced that a television series was in development between Scholastic Entertainment and Legendary Television.[22]

References[]

  1. https://www.amazon.com/Elizabeth-House-Tudor-England-Diaries/dp/0590684841/
  2. https://www.amazon.com/Cleopatra-VII-Daughter-Egypt-Diaries/dp/0590819755/
  3. https://www.amazon.com/Royal-Diaries-Antoinette-Versailles-Austria-France/dp/0439076668/
  4. https://www.amazon.com/Isabel-Jewel-Castilla-Spain-Diaries/dp/0439078059/
  5. https://www.amazon.com/Royal-Diaries-Anastasia-Duchess-Russia/dp/0439129087/
  6. https://www.amazon.com/Nzingha-Warrior-Matamba-Angola-Africa/dp/0439112109/
  7. https://www.amazon.com/Kaiulani-Peoples-Princess-Hawaii-1889/dp/0439129095/
  8. https://www.amazon.com/Lady-Chiao-Kuo-Southern-D/dp/0439164834/
  9. https://www.amazon.com/Royal-Diaries-Victoria-Blossom-Britannia/dp/0439215986/
  10. https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Queen-Scots-Without-Country/dp/0439194040/
  11. https://www.amazon.com/Sondok-Princess-Stars-Royal-Diaries/dp/0439165865/
  12. https://www.amazon.com/Royal-Diaries-Jahanara-Princess-Princesses/dp/0439223504/
  13. https://www.amazon.com/Eleanor-Crown-Aquitaine-France-Diaries/dp/0439164842/
  14. https://www.amazon.com/Elisabeth-Austria-Princess-Bride-Diaries/dp/0439266440/
  15. https://www.amazon.com/Kristina-Girl-Sweden-Royal-Diaries/dp/0439249767/
  16. https://www.amazon.com/Weetamoo-Pocassets-Massachusetts-Island-Diaries/dp/0439129109/
  17. https://www.amazon.com/Lady-Palenque-Mesoamerica-D-Diaries/dp/0439409713/
  18. https://www.amazon.com/Kazunomiya-Prisoner-Heaven-Japan-Diaries/dp/0439164850/
  19. https://www.amazon.com/Anacaona-Golden-Flower-Haiti-1490/dp/0439499062/
  20. https://www.amazon.com/Catherine-Great-Journey-Russia-Diaries/dp/0439253853/
  21. https://www.amazon.com/Royal-Diaries-Tamara-Hope/dp/B0016MJ6EW/
  22. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/legendary-television-scholastic-entertainment-the-royal-diaries-tv-series-exclusive-1235105961/

See also[]

Resources:
File:The Royal Diaries Checklist.pdf


External links[]

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