National Post Interview: Canadians aren’t keen on the idea of King Charles — but ditching the monarchy would prove no easy task

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall

I was interviewed by Ashley Csanady at the National Post about the royal succession and Canadian attitudes toward the monarchy and the Prince of Wales. In the article, I discuss royal attitudes toward abdication, how Prince Charles’s reputation has evolved over time and historical instances of monarchs being succeeded by their grandchildren.

Click here to read Canadians aren’t keen on the idea of King Charles — but ditching the monarchy would prove no easy task in the National Post

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My review of Tatiana Romanov, Daughter of the Last Tsar in Canadian Slavonic Papers

I have reviewed Tatiana Romanov, Daughter of the Last Tsar: Diaries and Letters, 1913–1918, translated and edited by Helen Azar  for Canadian Slavonic Papers.

Grand Duchess Tatiana, the second of the four daughters of Czar Nicholas II of Russia and Empress Alexandra, was murdered alongside her family in 1918, at the age of twenty-one. The remains of the Imperial family were excavated in the 1990s and are now buried in the Peter and Paul fortress in St. Petersburg. Tatiana Romanov, Daughter of the Last Tsar captures the experiences and achievements of the young grand duchess during one of the most tumultuous periods in Russia’s history.

Click here to read the full review in the Canadian Slavonic Papers

Click here to purchase Tatiana Romanov, Daughter of the Last Tsar: Diaries and Letters, 1913–1918

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Queenship and Revolution in Early Modern Europe review in the Royal Studies Journal

My book, Queenship and Revolution in Early Modern Europe: Henrietta Maria and Marie Antoinette, has received an excellent review in the Royal Studies Journal.  Queenship and Revolution in Early Modern Europe received the Royal Studies Journal 2016 prize for best book on the history of monarchy earlier this year. Here is an excerpt from the review:

“In an eminently readable and accessible book, Harris, through the use of a variety of printed and manuscript sources, paints a detailed picture of two queens. Though separated by a century, they faced similar struggles and both lost much in those battles. Comparative work can be difficult, but Harris’ work makes for a compelling and informative read. She shows the reader, through their comparison with one another, more about who each of these women were as living, breathing people, and she aptly demonstrates how the role of the consort subtly changed in the century from Henrietta Maria to Marie Antoinette.”

Click here to read the full review in the Royal Studies Journal

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

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New Canadian Encyclopedia Article: Prince Harry

Prince Harry at the Invictus Games in London, 2014

Prince Harry at the Invictus Games in London, 2014

My latest article in the Canadian Encyclopedia is a profile of Prince Harry.

His Royal Highness (HRH) Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales, known by his nickname Prince Harry, is fifth in line to the throne of Canada, the United Kingdom and 14 other Commonwealth realms (born 15 September 1984 in London, United Kingdom). Prince Harry is a grandson of Her Majesty (HM) The Queen (Elizabeth II); the younger son of the heir to the throne, HRH The Prince of Wales (Prince Charles) and the late Diana, Princess of Wales; and younger brother of HRH The Duke of Cambridge (Prince William). Prince Harry is the founder of the Invictus Games, a series of athletic competitions for wounded, injured and sick armed forces personnel from around the world. The third Invictus Games will be held in Toronto in September 2017.

Click here to read my full article about Prince Harry in the Canadian Encyclopedia

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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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