Carolyn Harris

Carolyn Harris head shot 2Dr. Carolyn Harris is a historian based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She currently teaches history at the University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies. She often provides royal commentary on the CTV news channel and CBC radio. Carolyn completed her PhD in history at Queen’s University at Kingston, Canada in May, 2012. She completed six months of her doctorate at Birkbeck College, University of London in 2009 as a visiting overseas research student.

Carolyn’s doctoral dissertation, “Henrietta Maria and Marie Antoinette: Queenship and Revolution in Early Modern Europe” compares the public perception of Queen Henrietta Maria of England and Queen Marie Antoinette of France as wives, mothers and heads of royal households prior to the English Civil Wars and French Revolution.

Carolyn at Chateau Cheverny, Loire Valley

Carolyn is an expert in the history of European monarchy and has been interviewed by numerous media outlets including the CTV News Channel, CNN, BBC Radio 5, CBC syndicated radio, Radio Canada International, TVO’s “The Agenda,” The Toronto Star, the National Post and the Globe and Mail. Her writing concerning the historical context for issues facing the British and Canadian monarchies today has appeared in the BBC News Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, Military History Monthly, Globe and Mail, Ottawa Citizen, Bloomberg News, Toronto Sun and Kingston Whig-Standard. She was recently profiled in the Queen’s History Department alumni magazine.

Carolyn is also a prolific guest lecturer both on land and at sea. She has delivered talks on the monarchy for numerous museums and educational organizations including the Spadina Museum, the Canadian Royal Heritage Trust and the Queen’s University Institute for Lifelong Learning. Carolyn also contributes to cruise ship enrichment programs each year. In 2012, she gave a series of talks about the history of royalty and the Atlantic World as part of the Crystal onboard enrichment program. In 2013, she lectured about the monarchs of Sweden, Denmark and Russia as part of the onboard Celebrity Beyond the Podium guest speaker program. In 2014, she will be giving talks about the Danish, British, French, Spanish and Portuguese royal houses over the course of a month, sailing from Copenhagen to Lisbon via the United Kingdom, France and Spain.

I recently discussed my experiences as a royal historian and royal commentator with University Affairs Magazine

Carolyn is available to give talks and interviews on all aspects of royal history, Canada and the monarchy, and the history of Early Modern Europe (1500-1800). She is also available as a historical consultant, writer, presenter or contributor to television, radio, print and online media.

For all enquiries contact:

E-mail: Carolyn dot Suzanne dot Harris at gmail dot com

Twitter: @royalhistorian

15 thoughts on “Carolyn Harris

  1. Anne Valdo

    Congratulations Carolyn. How exciting! I now will post this site to my “favourites” I look forward to keeping up with one of my favourite topics!

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  2. Cathy Daniel

    I enjoyed your interview on Canada AM VERY much this morning. Also, congratulations on your recent doctorate accomplishment.

    I would like to know if there is a club or group that are supporters of the Monarchy that I could join? I would also love to hear more information about the royals.
    I’m not a regular face book member and don’t tweet at all but would love to have a link somehow to what’s going on with the royals.

    Thank you for your help.

    Cathy Daniel

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    1. CarolynHarris Post author

      Glad you enjoyed the interview and the blog. In Canada, there are a number of monarchist societies including the Canadian Monarchist League. There are also a number of facebook groups devoted to royal history.

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  3. Sherry Parker Rieger

    Hello, I enjoyed the information in your blog. I found out recently I have a royal bloodline. I need more information on Peerage. I was wondering how I get in touch with a royal historian?

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    1. CarolynHarris Post author

      Glad you enjoyed the blog. I would recommend having a look at “Burke’s peerage” for more information on the peerage.

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  4. Yvonne Marques

    Carolyn, I am interested in reading about King Henry VIII’s wife, Catherine Howard. I don’t know if much is written about her. What are your suggestions, if there are any books.

    Thanks,
    Yvonne

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    1. CarolynHarris Post author

      Thanks for your question, Yvonne! There are few biograpgies solely about Catherine Howard including a recent work by Joanna Denny and an older one by Lacey Baldwin Smith. I would also recommend looking at the books about Henry VIII’s six wives by David Starkey, Alison Weir and Antonia Fraser.

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      1. Yvonne Marques

        Thanks Carolyn, I have the book by Antonia Fraser which I enjoyed, but will definitely look into the other books which you recommended. Will be emailing your Dad to wish him a Happy B-Day tomorrow.

        Regards, Yvonne

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  7. michael petroni

    Enjoyed the website very much…did send you an email with a few questions I had. Hope you have a great day.

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