CTV News Channel Interview: The Reburial of Richard III

The earliest surviving portrait of King Richard III

The earliest surviving portrait of King Richard III

Richard III will be reburied in Leicester Cathedral on March 26, after months of debate concerning both his final resting place and the plans for the ceremony. On the CTV news channel, I discussed Richard III’s contentious reputation from Shakespeare to modern times, the controversy surrounding the funeral plans and what Richard III himself might have thought of the arrangements.

Click here to watch the interview, “Reburial of an English King” on the CTV news channel.

French edition of “Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada” to be published in June

The French edition of my forthcoming book La Magna Carta, son importance pour le Canada: La démocratie, le droit et les droits de la personne will published on June 13, in time for the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta and the the first stop of the Magna Carta 2015 Canada exhibition tour, the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau.

Click here to pre-order La Magna Carta, son importance pour le Canada: La démocratie, le droit et les droits de la personne from Amazon.

Click here to pre-order the English edition, Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada: Democracy, Law, and Human Rights, which will be available May 2.

My interview with CBC Radio The Sunday Edition “Happy Birthday, Magna Carta” is now online

king-john-signs-the-magna-carta-june-15-1215If you are unable to tune into CBC Radio for The Sunday Edition with Michael Enright on March 8, my interview “Happy Birthday, Magna Carta” is now available online. The interview covers a variety of topics including the origins of Magna Carta as an agreement between King John and his rebel barons, the legal precedents set by Magna Carta (including women’s rights) and my forthcoming book, Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada: Democracy, Law, and Human Rights, which will be published by Dundurn Press in May 2015.

Click here to listen to “Happy Birthday, Magna Carta” on CBC Radio

Upcoming Interview on CBC Radio: The Sunday Edition with Michael Enright

I will be discussing my forthcoming book, Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada: Democracy, Law, and Human Rights, and the Magna Carta Canada 2015 touring exhibition on The Sunday Edition with Michael Enright this weekend (March 8). The interview will air in the second hour, around 10:30am ET and will also be available on the CBC radio site.

New cover design for my forthcoming book: Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada

Magna Carta cover My forthcoming book, Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada: Democracy, Law, and Human Rights has a new cover design! The new cover features one of the original thirteenth century versions of Magna Carta and an illuminated manuscript image of King John hunting a stag with hounds.

The book launches on May 5, 2015.

In Canada,  Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada is available for pre-order on amazon.ca The book is also available for pre-order at Indigo and directly from Dundurn Press

In the USA, Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada is available for pre-order on amazon.com

In the UK, Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada is available for pre-order at amazon.co.uk

New Canadian Encyclopedia Article: The St. George’s Society of Toronto

Saint George, England's patron saint, slaying a dragon

Saint George, England’s patron saint, slaying a dragon

My latest article in the Historica Canada Canadian Encyclopedia is about The St. George’s Society of Toronto.

Founded in 1834, the St. George’s Society of Toronto is one of Canada’s oldest philanthropic organizations. The Society was created to assist English and Welsh immigrants, and promote patriotism among English Canadians. Today, the Society has three $1-million endowments and gifts, and makes annual donations to more than 20 charitable causes.

Click here to read the full article about The St George’s Society of Toronto in the Canadian Encyclopedia

Hello! Canada Interview: “Fabulous at 50: Sophie of Wessex”

The Earl and Countess of Wessex in Ottawa on September 12, 2012 Photo Credit: Andre Forget/QMI AGENCY

The Earl and Countess of Wessex in Ottawa on September 12, 2012 Photo Credit: Andre Forget/QMI AGENCY

The Countess of Wessex turned 50 on January 20, 2015. I discussed her philanthropy and royal duties with Hello Canada! in “Fabulous at 50: Sophie of Wessex.” The Earl and Countess of Wessex undertake a full schedule of royal engagements  including overseas tours. They visit Canada almost every year.

Click here to read Fabulous at 50: Sophie of Wessex in Hello! Canada

CBC News Interview: Why Buckingham Palace is defending Prince Andrew so stoutly

Prince Andrew, the Duke of York

Prince Andrew, the Duke of York

In my interview with CBC.ca this week, I discuss the recent allegations concerning the Queen’s second son, Prince Andrew, and Buckingham Palace’s response to this situation. I also talk about the Prince’s reputation. Other junior members of the royal family, such as Andrew’s siblings, Princess Anne and Prince Edward are closely identified with their charity work. In contrast, Prince Andrew’s philanthropy has been overshadowed in the public imagination by his reputation for extravagance.

Click here to read “Why Buckingham Palace is defending Andrew so stoutly” at CBC.ca

My latest Ottawa Citizen column: “The Queen’s reign doesn’t depend on Richard III’s DNA”

The earliest surviving portrait of King Richard III

The earliest surviving portrait of King Richard III

“The remains of King Richard III continue to yield new information about one of England’s most controversial kings and his family. DNA analysis reveals that Richard’s bones share mitochondrial DNA, which is passed through the female line with the Canadian Ibsen family, but there is no genetic match with his male line relatives. The release of these findings has prompted speculation about the Queen’s right to reign if there was a break in the main royal bloodline. The royal succession, however, was not always determined by seniority in the royal family….”

Click here to read the full column in the Ottawa Citizen: “The Queen’s Reign Doesn’t Depend on Richard III’s DNA”

Curious to learn more about the life and legacy of King Richard III? My University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies course “Richard III: Monstrous or Misunderstood?” begins January 7, 2015. Click here to register!