The Royal Road is a road mentioned in The Official Book of King's Quest series.


The books (1st and 2nd editions) describes itself as the "Royal Road" to Daventry or to the King's Quest series. In a way it might also be the name of the north-south road that leads to Castle Daventry. The road Graham took to his first adventure from the Town of Daventry (to the southeast of the castle).

Behind the scenesEdit

The Royal Road was an ancient highway reorganized and rebuilt by the Persian king Darius the Great (Darius I) of the first (Achaemenid) Persian Empire in the 5th century BC. Darius built the road to facilitate rapid communication throughout his very large empire from Susa to Sardis ("centralized rule is the victim of time and distance," Robin Lane Fox has observed in this context). Mounted couriers could travel 1677 miles (2699 km) in seven days; the journey from Susa to Sardis took ninety days on foot. The Greek historian Herodotus wrote, "There is nothing in the world that travels faster than these Persian couriers." Herodotus's praise for these messengers—"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds"— was inscribed on the James Farley Post Office in New York and is sometimes thought of as the United States Postal Service creed.

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