CBC News Interview: Will the Queen meet any of her family outside at Christmas? How royal festive traditions change with the times

I discussed royal Christmas traditions with Janet Davison at CBC News as well as the recent Tier 4 lockdown in southeast England, and how the latest restrictions will shape the Queen’s Christmas at Windsor Castle in 2020.

Click here to read “Will the Queen meet any of her family outside at Christmas? How royal festive traditions change with the times” in The Royal Fascinator newsletter at CBC News.

New Book Review in the Royal Studies Journal: Richard Meyer Forsting, Raising Heirs to the Throne in Nineteenth Century Spain

The December 2020 issue of the Royal Studies Journal includes my review of Richard Meyer Forsting’s book, Raising Heirs to the Throne in Nineteenth Century Spain: The Education of a Constitutional Monarch. I was also one of the proofreaders for this special issue on Gender and Monarchy around the world.

Click here to read my review of Raising Heirs to the Throne in Nineteenth Century Spain by Richard Meyer Forsting

Click here to read the Gender and Monarchy issue of The Royal Studies Journal, Volume 7, Issue 2.

New Reader’s Digest Canada Article: 10 of the Most Memorable Royal Tours of Canada

My new online article for Readers Digest Canada is about 10 Memorable Royal Tours of Canada from the past 100 Years. Although there have not been any Canadian royal tours portrayed in the Netflix series The Crown, the royal family has spent a lot of time in Canada over the past century.

Click here to read 10 of the Most Memorable Royal Tours of Canada at Reader’s Digest Canada

Winter 2021 Online Course : Imperial Spain

I will be teaching my popular course about the history of Imperial Spain online at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies from January to March 2021. Click here for more information and to register.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Ferdinand and Isabella transformed Spain into a world power. They sponsored Columbus’s voyages to the Americas and formed alliances with other European kingdoms. This new imperial Spain had a dark side in the rise of the Inquisition, the expulsion of Spain’s Jews and the exploitation of the colonies’ native peoples. Gold and silver from the Americas made Spain’s rulers the richest in Europe until the Golden Age came to an end with the wars of the 18th century. Join Carolyn Harris for illustrated lectures and lively discussion about the rise, fall and enduring influence of imperial Spain.
 

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • Discern the lessons of the rise and fall of Imperial Spain for modern politics and international relations.
  • Appreciate the art and culture of Golden Age Spain and their lasting impact on painting, literature and architecture.
  • Trace the influence of Imperial Spain on the politics and culture of Latin America today.

Click here for more information and to register

AM640 Toronto Interview: ‘The Crown’ should be marked as fiction by Netflix, says Britain’s culture minister

I was interviewed about the controversies surrounding Season 4 of The Crown on Netflix on the radio by Greg Brady at Global News AM640 Toronto. We also discussed about royal use of social media, royal finances and attitudes toward the monarchy in Canada.

Click here to listen to ‘The Crown’ should be marked as fiction by Netflix, says Britain’s culture minister at AM640 Toronto.

CBC News Interview: Meghan’s revelation: How sharing her experience of miscarriage stands apart in the Royal Family

I discussed Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and the history of royal pregnancy and parenthood with Janet Davison at CBC News.

Click here to read Meghan’s revelation: How sharing her experience of miscarriage stands apart in the Royal Family at CBC News.

CBC Ontario Morning Interview: The fourth season of the Netflix series ‘The Crown’

I discussed Season 4 of the Netflix series The Crown on CBC Ontario Morning including how the series fictionalizes historical events, the portrayals of historical figures such as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the influence of Shakespeare’s history plays on the structure of some of the episodes and the Canadian royal tours that took place in the 1980s but do not appear in the series.

Click here to listen to “Author and historian Carolyn Harris talks about the fourth season of the Netflix series ‘The Crown’ and how accurate the show is in its depiction of people and events.” at CBC Ontario Morning. (Interview begins around 9 minutes after the beginning of the segment).

CBC Ottawa Morning Interview: Dissecting the historical drama in season four of The Crown

I discussed Season 4 of The Crown series on Netflix with Robyn Bresnahan on CBC Ottawa Morning including the blend of fact and fiction in the drama, the Canadian tours that are not portrayed in the series, and major themes including the British class system and the experience of living as a member of the royal family in the shadow of the crown.

Click here to listen to “Dissecting the historical drama in season four of The Crown” at CBC Ottawa Morning

New Interviews about Season 4 of The Crown on Netflix for NBC and Le Figaro

I discussed Season 4 of The Crown on Netflix with NBC News and Le Figaro including the portrayals of the Queen, Margaret Thatcher and Diana, Princess of Wales.

Click here to read ‘The Crown’ season 4: Did Queen Elizabeth II and Margaret Thatcher get along? at NBC News

History Interview: How Prince Charles and Lady Diana’s Wedding Became a Global Phenomenon

I discussed the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981 with Jessica Pearce Rotondi at History.com, including the menu, guest list and media coverage at the time.

Click here to read “How Prince Charles and Lady Diana’s Wedding Became a Global Phenomenon” at History.com