My new monthly column in Smithsonian Magazine discusses the events that led to the Russian Revolutions of 1917: the abdication of Czar Nicholas II in March and the Bolshevik seizure of power in November. One hundred years later, the events of 1917 continue to have a profound impact on Russia and the world. The column discusses events in Russia as they unfolded month by month 100 years ago.by
Advance Praise for my 3rd book, Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting, which will be published by Dundurn Press in April 2017:
“Today‘s parents think they have it tough, monitoring screen time and shuttling kids to soccer matches. Imagine being King William I, the Conqueror, who in 1079 had to fight his firstborn son on the battlefield; or Henry II, whose villainous son, John, is today best known as Robin Hood‘s arch enemy. Carolyn Harris‘s history of royal child rearing is a must read for anyone interested in the never-ending saga of royal families and a fascinating read.” (Mark Reid, Editor-in-Chief, Canada’s History Magazine)
“Carolyn Harris has taken an innovative approach with this engaging new work, bringing together a millennia of royal parenting from Edgar “the Peaceable” and Elfrida of Northampton right up to the present day with the children of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Harris has deftly woven together the history of various rulers, evaluating their relationships with their children and bringing in wider trends in parenting in different eras. She notes both rivalry and tension between parents and children, as aptly illustrated by the Hanoverian monarchs of England, as well as evidence of affection and strong bonds between rulers and their offspring. Any reader with an interest in the history of monarchy or parenting itself will find this an absorbing read, both accessible and replete with interesting information. A real strength of this book is that it puts our present-day fascination with current and recent monarchs and their children in a long-term historical context.” (Dr. Elena (Ellie) Woodacre, Senior Lecturer in Early Modern European History Postgraduate Student Coordinator-Faculty of HSS University of Winchester, editor of The Royal Studies Journal)
“How to raise the kids? It is a question that has confounded parents for centuries. Imagine how parenting has been for royalty throughout the ages? Royal historian Carolyn Harris’s newest book focuses on this very topic. In Raising Royalty, Harris’s detailed research [explores] how royal parenting has evolved throughout the last thousand years. Harris focuses on twenty royal parents – from Edgar the Peaceable and Elfrieda of Northampton to Prince William and Catherine Middleton. This book is delightfully readable, infused with the brilliance of pure scholarship.” (Marlene A. Eilers Koenig, author of Queen Victoria’s Descendants)
“Carolyn Harris’s encyclopedic knowledge infuses Raising Royalty with fascinating insights into the lives of Europe’s Royal Families. Moving through the centuries, Harris highlights unique and evolving family dynamics and traditions right up to our present day. An essential addition to any royal enthusiast’s collection, Raising Royalty provides a captivating look at the families occupying the centre of some of the world’s greatest monarchies.” (Nathan Tidridge, author of Canada’s Constitutional Monarchy)
Click here to pre-order your copy of Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parentingby
My article about Prince Rupert of the Rhine, cousin of King Charles II and 1st Governor of the Hudson’s Bay company appeared in the October-November 2015 issue of Canada’s History Magazine. The article is now available to read online. Here’s an excerpt:
“Prince Rupert of the Rhine, first governor of the Hudson’s Bay Company, had a profound effect on Canada’s history. Following his flight from Prague as an infant, he spent his life constantly on the move, undertaking military service in continental Europe and Great Britain and leading the royalist navy to the west coast of Africa and the Caribbean.
Rupert’s travels enabled him to recognize the significance of Radisson’s and Des Groseilliers’ discoveries and to envision an enterprise with the vast scope of the Hudson’s Bay Company. Moreover, the grant of Rupert’s Land to the company discouraged the Americans from expanding northward after the Thirteen Colonies declared their independence in the late eighteenth century.
Prince Rupert not only left his mark on the map of Canada, he helped to forge the modern nation.”by
More than 200 years after her execution, Queen Marie Antoinette is still one of the most famous and controversial figures in European history. In late 18th-century France, her reputation influenced debates about the role of women in politics, their families and the arts. Austrian-born, her position at the top of French society informed criticism of the monarchy and contributed to the outbreak of the French Revolution in 1789. Her influence on popular culture continues today.
Click here to purchase my book, Queenship and Revolution in Early Modern Europe: Henrietta Maria and Marie Antoinetteby
I have been enjoying watching The Crown series on Netflix, which dramatizes the early years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. I have been posting comments about the major themes and historical events in each episode on twitter @royalhistorian .
I also discussed the first four episodes of The Crown with Rachel Thompson for her article on Mashable.com, How accurate is Netflix’s ‘The Crown’? My interview covered portrayals of King George VI’s temperment, Prince Philip’s adjustment to life as the Queen’s consort and the Duke of Windsor’s place in the royal family.by
The royal tour of British Columbia and the Yukon by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte ended today with a series of engagements devoted to young people and mental health advocacy and a departure from Victoria harbour where both royal children waved to the crowds.
My interview with CTV News Channel today discussed the first royal tour of British Columbia: the visit by Princess Louise and her husband, Governor General Lord Lorne in 1882. I also talked about yesterday’s children’s party at Government House, which George and Charlotte attended along with their parents, William and Kate.by
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children attended a garden party for military families at Government House in Victoria, British Columbia this afternoon. I discussed the event and royal parenting with the CTV News Channel this evening.
My next interview with the CTV News Channel about the Royal Visit to Canada will be on Saturday, October 1 at 8:10am ET.by
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are spending Day 3 of their tour of British Columbia and the Yukon in Bella Bella and the Great Bear Rainforest before returning to Victoria for a reception at Government House.
I will be talking about the ongoing royal visit on TV later this week. Here is my current interview schedule.
Tuesday September 27: CBC News Network at 4pm ET
Thursday September 29: CTV News Channel at 6:40pm ET
All times are subject to change.by
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are spending the day in Vancouver, British Columbia with a busy schedule of public engagements. The itinerary includes a civic welcome at Jack Poole plaza, a visit to the Sheway charity for mothers struggling with addiction on the Downtown Eastside, an opportunity to meet with Syrian refugees at the Immigrant Services Society of B.C., a reception for young leaders in arts, sports, business, charity and film, and a tour of the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station. The royal couple will return to Victoria in the evening and stay overnight at Government House, where their children are residing for the duration of the tour.
Tomorrow, the royal couple will visit the Great Bear Rainforest, part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy Intiative for conserving forest lands. In my most recent interview with CBC news, I discuss the relationship between royalty and environmental conservation efforts, including Prince William’s efforts to bring together wildlife organizations to preserve endangered species.by
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrives in Canada today with Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, and their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. My recent interview with the Toronto Star discussed recent polling data that indicates Prince William is far more popular with Canadians than his father, Prince Charles. Although nearly half of respondents stated that Charles should not succeed the Queen to become the next monarch, popular opinion will not have an impact on the line of succession. According to the terms of the 1701 Act of Settlement, which determines the royal succession, Charles will automatically succeed his mother as monarch of the United Kingdom, Canada and fourteen other Commonwealth realms. In the interview, I explain why the royal succession should remain independent from the popularity of any individual member of the royal family to ensure the political impartiality of the constitutional monarchy.by