From grand pageants to war for land, from a fascinated media and public to secret dealings and marriages with Hollywood celebrities, the Royal family of the United Kingdom has held us spellbound for centuries. Today their every statement and action is monitored and reported to the masses. But it wasn't always this way. The origins and evolution of the royal family is an amazing tale of tears and bloodshed. It is a world of high religion and low political scandal. It is a story with more intrigue and drama than any Hollywood blockbuster, and it has been told and retold. And yet, the whole royal system and history is a confusing world that most people, including the English, simply don't understand.