Welcome to Regalis! History, heraldry, royalty, nobility, biography.


Read about the Bourbons' role in southern Italy.
Coat of Arms of the House of the Two Sicilies

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Coats of arms, flags, and other insignia.

Knighthood
Feudal knighthood, orders of chivalry.

Nobiliary History
Titles of nobility, noble families and castles.

Two Sicilies Headship
Response to those obsessed with an arcane topic.

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Boasting one of Europe's most ancient societies, the South of Italy has a colourful, multicultural heritage captured in its unique history. It is a history of kings, queens, emperors, emirs, popes, knights, nobles, scholars, artists, poets, musicians, craftsmen, farmers and many others. It is the history of many peoples, many faiths and many languages.

Under the Normans, the South of Italy became the most powerful medieval Italian realm, referred to by chroniclers simply as "Lo Regno." The Kingdom. Regalis is the Latin word for "regal," royal or king-like. The purpose of this site is the publication, in an international forum (and therefore in English), of information relating to southern Italian (Sicilian and Neapolitan) dynastic, heraldic, nobiliary and genealogical history and biography, embracing medieval and feudal topics as well as more contemporary ones, considered in the context of Mediterranean, European and Italian history. This encompasses a wide range of topics deeply rooted in the influence of southern Italy on these other regions and, likewise, their influence on the former Magna Graecia.

Historical accuracy is the prmary objective of these articles, many of which have already appeared in hard copy in scholarly journals or elsewhere. The publishers and editors of this site collectively take no position in the often eclectic debates stemming from current (and sometimes spirited) disputes in matters such as monarchical issues, genealogical lineages, claims to titles of nobility, and Italian politics. Edited in Italy, the information presented here is selected based on its general acceptance as historically accurate. Article submissions are welcome, though unsubstantiated (revisionist) essays and opinion-oriented pieces cannot be accepted for publication.

To ensure objectivity, this independently published site is non-political, non-sectarian and non-partisan. It is not associated with the Royal House of Savoy, the RoyalMagna Graecia and the Two Sicilies. House of the Two Sicilies, the Corpo della Nobiltà Italiana or the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, although articles on these subjects may appear herein and individual authors may be affiliated with some of these institutions.

All articles (including translated works) and graphics on this site are original copyright material which appears here by permission of the individual authors, artists or photographers, or is reproduced from works in the public domain. Items on the site may be reproduced for personal use, and most of our pages are "printer friendly." However, unauthorised publication, in any form, for other purposes (i.e. mass distribution) is prohibited.

The specific geographical area covered by the subjects presented on this site includes Sicily and mainland Italy south of Rome, as well as the minor islands. Topics pertaining to other 16th century book of Sicilian noble families.regions (for example, monarchs born elsewhere) are presented if they are related in some way to the history of our region. This comprises the medieval civilisations of the Byzantine Greeks, Arabs (Moors), Normans, Swabians, Angevins, Christians, Muslims and Jews, among others. The period covered begins in the early Middle Ages (circa AD 500) and ranges through all successive centuries.

We do not conduct genealogical research for the general public, provide assistance with recognition of nobiliary claims, or engage in the sale of coats of arms, and we cannot respond to queries for specific information on those subjects. While this site is not "commercial" in the strictest sense, we may occasionally advertise books, as well as travel-oriented services for scholars or others planning to visit southern Italy.

About our dynasties: Two surviving dynasties (whose coats of arms appear on this page) are associated with our region. Descended from the royal houses of France (founded by Hugh Capet) and Spain, the Bourbons reigned in the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, the unified kingdom of Naples and Sicily, from 1734 until 1861. The Savoys, whose forebear, Humbert, Count of Savoy, held Alpine territories in the ninth century, reigned over the Kingdom of Sicily from 1713 until 1720, and over the unified Kingdom of Italy from 1861 until 1946. Most European royal families are related to each other in some way, and the same is true of the Bourbons and Savoys; their complex coats of arms reflect various dynastic connections. Both families knew southern Italy long before the eighteenth century. Humbert of Savoy and his immediate descendants were vassals of the Ghibelline (Hohenstaufen) emperors, the most famous of whom was Frederick II, who as King of Sicily ruled his widespread dominions from Palermo, while the Bourbons are kin to King Charles I of Naples, whose Angevin dynasty succeeded the Hohenstaufens as rulers of southern Italy. The unification of Italy brought about the end of the Bourbons' reign in Italy; the Savoys' reign ended with the establishment of the Italian Republic.

Read about the Savoys' role in southern Italy.
Coat of Arms of the House of Savoy

Dynastic History
Royal families, their traditions and genealogy.

Genealogy
Medieval and modern familial lineages.

Order of Malta Studies
Various topics on the Order of St John of Malta.

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