Queen’s Alumni Review Article: Queenship and Revolution in Early Modern Europe: From PhD dissertation to award-winning book

My most recent article in the online edition of the Queen’s Alumni Review discusses the evolution of Queenship and Revolution in Early Modern Europe: Henrietta Maria and Marie Antoinette from my PhD dissertation in the Department of History at Queen’s University to a book in Palgrave Macmillan’s Queenship and Power series, which received the Royal Studies Journal 2016 prize for best book on the history of monarchy. A paperback edition of the book will be published in 2017.

Click here to read “From PhD dissertation to award-winning book” in the Queen’s Alumni Review.

Click here to purchase Queenship and Revolution in Early Modern Europe: Henrietta Maria and Marie Antoinette

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CTV News Channel Interviews for the Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on the Balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on the Balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

I will be appearing on the CTV news channel June 11 and 12 to discuss the Queen’s 90th Birthday celebrations in the United Kingdom. Here is my interview schedule:

Saturday June 11: 3:15pm

Sunday June 12: 6:15 and 7:15am

Be sure to tune in for all the royal festivities!

 

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Upcoming Guest Lecture: Magna Carta at 801: Arts and Letters Club, June 20

I will be giving a talk about Magna Carta in honour of the 801st anniversary of the Great Charter at the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto on June 20. The talk will be followed by panel discussion about Magna Carta’s continuing significance and I will be signing copies of my book Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada: Democracy, Law, and Human Rights. Dinner, mead and ale will be served.

Click here for more information including ticket prices.

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

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Royal Studies Journal Interview: Henrietta Maria and Marie Antoinette

I discussed my 2nd book Queenship and Revolution in Early Modern Europe: Henrietta Maria and Marie Antoinette with Cathleen Sarti at the Royal Studies Journal. The book recently received the Royal Studies Journal’s 2016 award for best book on the history of monarchy. In the interview, I compare the reputations of Charles I’s queen Henrietta Maria with Louis XVI’s queen Marie Antoinette and how they became part of wider debates concerning the place of women within their families during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Click here to read the interview in the Royal Studies Journal official blog

Click here to purchase Queenship and Revolution in Early Modern Europe: Henrietta Maria and Marie Antoinette

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Upcoming Guest Lecture on June 8: The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration in Rockwood, Ontario

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

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

I will be giving a talk about the Queen in Canada at the Rockmosa Older Adult Centre in Rockwood, Ontario on June 8, 2016 at 11:30 in honour of the Queen’s 90th Birthday. Afternoon tea will be served.

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The cover of my forthcoming book “Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting”

Here is the cover design of my forthcoming book Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting, which will be published by Dundurn Press in April 2017 in Canada and May 2017 in the USA and UK.

The cover of Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting features Franz Xaver Winterhalter’s painting of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their five eldest children, which is now part of the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace. The heir to the throne, the future Edward VII, stands next to his mother, Queen Victoria, while Prince Alfred toddles in front of his parents. The royal couple’s two eldest daughters, Princess Victoria and Princess Alice are gathered around the cradle of their infant sister, Princess Helena.

The painting reflects the image of domestic harmony that Victoria and Albert presented to the public. The royal influence on parenting spread throughout the English speaking world. Mothers and fathers from a variety of social backgrounds took their children on seaside vacations and hosted Christmas celebrations where the entire family gathered around a decorated fir tree (a custom from Prince Albert’s childhood).

Behind palace walls, relations between the royal parents were more complicated. Victoria had little affinity for young children, writing, “an ugly baby is a very nasty object – and the prettiest is frightful when undressed. Until about 4 months; in short as long as they have their big body and little limbs and that terrible froglike action.” Albert spent more time in the nursery but the demanding educational program that he drew up for his elder children made the future Edward VII miserable. When her children grew up, Victoria expected to remain the dominant influence in their lives and shape the upbringing of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Victoria and Albert are just one of the twenty-five sets of British and European royal parents from the past thousand years profiled in my forthcoming book. Click here for more information and to pre-order Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting.

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Upcoming Guest Lecture on May 19 @ 7pm: The Queen in Canada at the Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library

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

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

I will be giving a talk about Queen Elizabeth II’s royal tours of Canada at the Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library (824 1st Avenue West) in Owen Sound Ontario at 7pm on May 19, 2016.

For more information about the lecture and the library, click here.

All are welcome!

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CBC News Interview: Humility and ‘having a good time’: Prince Harry brings his royal rapport to Toronto

Prince Harry at the official press launch of Walking with the Wounded in 2010.

Prince Harry at the official press launch of Walking with the Wounded in 2010.

My most recent interview with CBC News is all about Prince Harry’s visit to Canada on May 2, 2016, in preparation for the Invictus Games, which will take place in Toronto in September 2017.

While Harry has a reputation as a party prince, he’s expanded his public profile in recent years, serving in Afghanistan, representing the Queen at the Closing Ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games in London and undertaking a successful Diamond Jubilee tour of the Caribbean. His philanthropic interests focus on youth and veterans.

Click here to read Humility and ‘having a good time’: Prince Harry brings his royal rapport to Toronto

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CBC News Interview: The Queen at 90: Why Elizabeth has so many birthdays

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh leaving the Royal York hotel in Toronto on a tour of Canada in 2010.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh leaving the Royal York hotel in Toronto on a tour of Canada in 2010.

The Queen turns 90 today but the royal birthday celebrations will continue for the next few months as the monarch marks her official birthday in the United Kingdom in June and has special 90th birthday celebrations in May. Various Commonwealth realms celebrate the Queen’s birthday on different dates with Canada observing the occasion on the Victoria Day holiday in May.

I discussed the Queen’s many birthdays with Janet Davison at CBC News.

Click here to read The Queen at 90: Why Elizabeth has so many birthdays at CBC.ca

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CBC News Interview: The Queen at 90: Why it’s more than just a celebration of Elizabeth’s birthday

The Queen reading the throne speech at the 2012 State Opening of Parliament

The Queen turns 90 on April 21 and public celebrations will continue in May and June in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth. I discussed the significance of the Queen’s 90th birthday with Janet Davison at CBC.ca.

Click here to read the interview “The Queen at 90: Why it’s more than just a celebration of Elizabeth’s birthday” at CBC.ca

I will be appearing on TV and radio throughout the day on April 21 to discuss the Queen at 90. Here is my schedule of interviews:

6am-8am: CBC News Network

1pm: CTV News Channel

2:30pm-6:30pm CBC syndicated radio

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