New Canadian Encyclopedia Article: Monarchism

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh in Canada in 2010

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh in Canada in 2010

My latest article in the Canadian Encyclopedia is about Monarchism in Canadian history, politics and culture. I discuss the role of monarchism in Canada’s Confederation, monarchist themes in Canadian literature, monarchist societies active in modern day Canada and critiques of monarchism. I also compare attitudes toward the monarchy in Canada with monarchism in other Commonwealth realms.

Click here to read Monarchism in the Canadian Encyclopedia

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Upcoming Guest Lecture: Magna Carta and the Making of the Modern World, Thursday, February 18th, 2pm, Fulford Place Museum, Brockville

I will be giving a talk on Magna Carta and the Making of the Modern World at Fulford Place Museum in Brockville on Thursday February 18 at 2pm. My book Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada: Democracy, Law, and Human Rights will be for sale and I will be signing books after the talk.

Click here for more information on the lecture and the other talks taking place at Fulford Place for Heritage Week

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Review of Queenship and Revolution in Early Modern Europe on the History of Royal Women blog

Queenship and Revolution in Early Modern Europe: Henrietta Maria and Marie Antoinette has been praised by The History of Royal Women blog:

“It’s a very interesting read and Carolyn Harris knows her stuff. Don’t be too frightened by the ‘academic’ air about it, it’s still quite readable even if you aren’t a professor.”

Click here to read to full review of Queenship and Revolution in Early Modern Europe on The History of Royal Women blog.

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My Tedx Talk on Women and Magna Carta

In May 2015, I gave a talk on Women and Magna Carta at the Tedx The Annex Women event in Toronto. Magna Carta promised noble widows freedom from forced remarriage, setting a precedent for future women’s rights legislation. In the talk, I compare the clauses concerning women’s rights in Magna Carta to the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and discuss the enduring impact of Magna Carta 800 years after the document was reluctantly accepted by King John in 1215.

Here is my Tedx Talk on Women and Magna Carta:

For more on Magna Carta and the impact of the famous charter on women, see my book Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada: Democracy, Law, and Human Rights

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My January-February 2016 course: Artists and Their Royal Patrons

800px-Henrietta_Maria_and_Charles_I In January and February 2016, I will be teaching an eight week course on Wednesday afternoons about Artists and Their Royal Patrons at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. Click here to register

For centuries, artists sought out royal patrons to advance their careers. European monarchs were eager to fill their courts with artists to demonstrate their own acumen and prestige. Through lectures, images and discussions, Carolyn Harris will lead you through a lively exploration of the relations between great artists and their royal patrons. These include Hans Holbein and Henry VIII, Leonardo da Vinci and François I, Anthony van Dyck and Charles I, Peter Paul Rubens and Marie de Medici, and Élisabeth Vigée-LeBrun and Marie Antoinette. We will look at Catherine the Great, who helped found the Hermitage Museum, and Queen Elizabeth II, who is appreciated as a “curator monarch” for her part in opening the British Royal Collection to the public. You’ll learn more about the collaboration and tension between royalty and artists that produced some of Europe’s most famous works of art and established collections now featured in great museums around the world.

Click here for more information and to register

 

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Watch my lecture on Magna Carta and the Making of the Modern World

On November 26, I delivered a lecture on Magna Carta and the Making of the Modern World, based on my book Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada: Democracy, Law, and Human Rights  at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law in Edmonton. I discuss the impact of Magna Carta on 800 years of history in an hour. Watch the lecture here:

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My lecture on Victorian Christmas traditions at Toronto’s 1st Post Office (December 13, 6-9pm)

 I will be giving a talk on Victorian Christmas customs and the impact of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert on how we celebrate Christmas today at Toronto’s 1st post office on December 13 from 6-9pm. There will be holiday treats and carol singing. Click here for more information including ticket prices

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Edmonton Journal Interview: Be sure to read Carolyn Harris’ Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada before viewing the document itself

My interview with Michael Hingston, books editor of the Edmonton Journal discusses the Magna Carta Canada exhibition (at the Alberta Legislature until December 29), why everyone should read Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada: Democracy, Law, and Human Rights before viewing Magna Carta, and the impact of Magna Carta on Canada and the world.

Click here to read Michael Hingston: Be sure to read Carolyn Harris’ Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada before viewing the document itself

Click here to purchase your copy of Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada: Democracy, Law, and Human Rights

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My radio interview with Alberta Morning News about Magna Carta

I was interviewed about my book Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada: Democracy, Law, and Human Rights by Alberta Morning News, which is broadcast in Calgary and Edmonton. I discuss the enduring legacy of Magna Carta eight centuries after King John reluctantly affixed his seal to the document and the Magna Carta Canada exhibition, which opens at the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in Edmonton on November 23.

The interview is available in the Newstalk 770 AM audio vault – November 22, 7am (The interview begins around 7:05am)

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