Royalty Digest -- A Journal of Record: Reflections on the 'Lost Prince'
From the online pages of the Royalty Digest, comes this evaluation of Stephen Poliakoff's The Lost Prince. Illustrated with photos of Prince John and his family, the lengthy article examines how Poliakoff researched the character about whom so little is known, and reveals other factors that compelled him to dramatize the story. Additional details are supplied such as hobbies of the young Prince, excerpts from letters and descriptions of his life at Wood Farm.
Britannia Biography: Prince John
This biography of Prince John, written for the Britannia Internet Magazine, examines how the royal family was affected by his illness and the measures they took to keep it a secret.
The Sydney Morning Herald: A right royal private embarrassment
The Sydney Morning Herald published this article in July of 2003, considering the portrayal of Prince John in the BBC/Masterpiece Theatre television series The Lost Prince. The review briefly outlines the plot and touches on the intentions of the writer and director, Stephen Poliakoff.
The Royal Family
The Official Web Site of the British Monarchy
As advertised, this is the authoritative source for information on the British Monarchy. In addition to perusing royal art and residences, and learning about today's British Royals, viewers can search by date, royal house or the profile of a particular monarch to access historical information.
Queen Victoria's Empire
Examine Queen Victoria's life and reign in depth, here on the companion Web site to the PBS series Queen Victoria's Empire. Read biographical sketches of Victoria's children and descriptions of her various residences as well as interviews with Victorian experts. A timeline presents key events while an interactive game reveals 'secrets of the Empire.'
Epilepsy: then and now
The Epilepsy Foundation
A national organization, The Epilepsy Foundation works to facilitate access to epilepsy research, education, advocacy and service. This statement about The Lost Prince is from The Epilepsy Foundation:
The portrayal of Prince John and his life-long battle with epilepsy in The Lost Prince is a historical account that depicts how people with epilepsy were viewed by the general public in the early 20th century. Fortunately, times have changed. Today, the status of people with epilepsy is much improved as compared with what Prince John had to endure.
The medical treatment of epilepsy has made great strides, particularly in the past decade. Medications are steadily enhanced and various treatments, with the potential for ending a person's risk of seizures for good, now exist. Additional methods of treatment include surgery, electrical stimulation and, for young children, medically-prescribed diets.
For more information, visit The Epilepsy Foundation's Web site which offers a wide range of materials from a brief history of epilepsy, frequently asked questions and an epilepsy terms glossary, to resources for programs and services and even the latest clinical trials. 'Ask our staff your questions' is available for any queries the site may not address.
History of epilepsy
The Epilepsy Project created this online resource to inform and empower those with epilepsy. In addition to the historical timeline of epilepsy provided here, detailed accounts are available of famous people throughout history known to have had the disorder, as well as links to information about epilepsy diagnosis and treatments. Separate pages are specifically customized for kids, teens, women, families and seniors.
World Health Organization -- Epilepsy: historical overview
The United Nations' specialized agency for health offers this Web page covering the history of epilepsy, from accounts found on ancient Babylonian tablets to organizations working today to increase awareness and resources for those with epilepsy. Read about major discoveries and key people instrumental in our modern day understanding of the disorder.
The German Epilepsy Museum, Kork
Did you know that 'The scourge of Christ' was once a name given to epilepsy, or that physicians of antiquity knew a spinning potter's wheel could trigger an epileptic seizure in some people? Historical as well as contemporary information about epilepsy can be found on this Web site for the German Epilepsy Museum in Kork.
Autism & learning disabilities: then and now
What is Autism? -- A history
The Web site for the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) is a complete resource for anyone interested in autism spectrum disorders. Devoted to the history of autism, this page summarizes the progress made in autism research over the years, highlighting how little has been understood about the disorder until very recently while demonstrating autism's current prevalence.
The Learning Disabilities Association of America
The Learning Disabilities Association of America, a non-profit volunteer organization, is a leading source of information and referral on learning disabilities. Offering support for parents, teachers, professionals and adults, the site provides articles, legislative updates, research and resources about new technologies, approaches for teaching individuals with learning disabilities and a myriad of related topics.
Prince John and the Royal Family
Bradford, Sarah. The Reluctant King: The Life and Reign of George VI, 1895-1952. New York, NY: St. Martin's Press, 1989.
Brendon, Piers and Whitehead, Phillip. The Windsors: A Dynasty Revealed. London, UK: Hodder & Stoughton, 1994.
Poliakoff, Stephen. The Lost Prince. London, UK: Methuen, 2003.
Pope-Hennessy, James. Queen Mary, 1867-1953. Phoenix Press, 2000.
Van der Kiste, John. Crowns in a Changing World: The British and European Monarchies 1901 - 36. Books Britain, 1996.
Epilepsy and Autism
Bashe, Patricia Romanowski, Kirby, Barbara L. and Attwood, Tony. The OASIS Guide to Asperger Syndrome: Advice, Support, Insight, and Inspiration. Crown, 2001.
Collins, Paul. Not Even Wrong: A Father's Journey into the Lost History of Autism. Bloomsbury USA: New York, NY, 2004.
Freeman, John M., Vining, Eileen P.G., and Pillas, Diana J. Seizures and Epilepsy in Childhood: A Guide. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, c2002.
Friedlander, Walter J. The History of Modern Epilepsy: The Beginning, 1865 - 1914. Greenwood Press, 2001.
Houston, R.A. and Firth, Uta. Autism in History: The Case of Hugh Blair of Borgue. Blackwell Publishers, 2000.
Kissing, Steve. Running from the Devil: A Memoir of a Boy Possessed. Crossroad/Carlisle, 2003.
Kranowitz, Carol Stock. The Out-Of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Integration Dysfunction. Perigee Books, 1998.
Temkin, Owsei. The Falling Sickness: A History of Epilepsy from the Greeks to the Beginnings of Modern Neurology. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994.
Sylvester, Harry. Legacy of the Blue Heron: Living with Learning Disabilities. Farmington, ME: Oxton House Publishing, 2002.
Other Lost Royals
Bokhanov, A.N. The Romanovs: Love, Power & Tragedy. Leppi Publications, 1997.
Farquhar, Michael. A Treasury of Royal Scandals: The Shocking True Stories of History's Wickedest, Weirdest, Most Wanton Kings, Queens, Tsars, Popes and Emperors. Penguin Putnam, 2001.
Fields, Bertram. Royal Blood: Richard III and the Mystery of the Princes. Regan Books, 2000.
Fraser, Antonia. Marie Antoinette: The Journey. Nan A. Talese, 2001.
Leamer, Lawrence. The Kennedy Women: The Saga of an American Family. New York, NY: Villard Books, 1994.
Massie, Robert K. The Romanovs: The Final Chapter. Ballantine Books, 1996.
Masson, Jeffrey Moussaieff. The Wild Child: The Unsolved Mystery of Kaspar Hauser. Free Press, 1997.
Shorter, Edward. The Kennedy Family and the Story of Mental Retardation. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 2000.
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