“Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution” begins January 11, 2017

marie_antoinette My eight week afternoon course about Queen Marie Antoinette of France and the French Revolution begins January 11, 2017 at the University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies. All are welcome.

Click here for more information and to register.

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 for more information and to register.

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

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Mashable Interview: How accurate is Netflix’s ‘The Crown’?

Claire Foy and Matt Smith as the Queen and Prince Philip in the  Netflix series, The Crown

Claire Foy and Matt Smith as the Queen and Prince Philip in the Netflix series, The Crown

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.

Click here to read the interview with Rachel Thompson at Mashable.com

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New Canadian Encyclopedia Article: Lady Aberdeen

Lady Aberdeen

Lady Aberdeen

My latest article in the Canadian Encyclopedia is a profile of Lady Aberdeen

Ishbel Marie Marjoribanks Hamilton-Gordon, Marchioness of Aberdeen and Temair, vice-regal consort, author, philanthropist and women’s rights advocate (born 14 March 1857 in London, United Kingdom; died 18 April 1939 in Aberdeen, United Kingdom). As Vice-Regal Consort to Governor General John Campbell Hamilton-Gordon, Earl of Aberdeen, from 1893 until 1898, Lady Aberdeen organized the National Council of Women in Canada, became first sponsor of the Women’s Art Association of Canada and helped found the Victorian Order of Nurses. Lady Aberdeen was the first woman to address the House of Commons and the first woman to receive an honorary degree in Canada.

Click here to read my article about Lady Aberdeen in the Canadian Encyclopedia

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New Canadian Encyclopedia Article: Princess Louise

Princess Louise in Canada, dressed for an Ottawa winter.

Princess Louise in Canada, dressed for an Ottawa winter.

My latest article in the Canadian Encyclopedia is a profile of Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, a daughter of Queen Victoria who became Canada’s vice regal consort from 1878 until 1883.

Her Royal Highness The Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, Marchioness of Lorne was the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria and vice-regal consort of Canada from 1878 to 1883 (born 18 March 1848 in London, United Kingdom; died 3 December 1939 in London, United Kingdom). Louise was the first member of the royal family to visit British Columbia. As vice-regal consort, she promoted the arts in Canada, including the founding of the National Gallery of Canada and Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Lake Louise and the province of Alberta were named in her honour.

Click here to read my article about Princess Louise in the Canadian Encyclopedia.

For more of my writing about Princess Louise in Canada, see my chapter “Royalty at Rideau Hall: Lord Lorne, Princess Louise and the Emergence of the Canadian Crown” in Canada and the Crown: Essays in Constitutional Monarchy

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Upcoming Guest Lectures in 2016

Here is my schedule of guest lectures for October, November and December 2016. Click on the links for more information including times and ticket prices:

October 26, 2016, The Royal Commonwealth Society of Toronto Speaker Series: The Queen and Commonwealth, Arts and Letters Club, Toronto

November 2, 2016, Magna Carta and the Making of the Modern World, Aurora Cultural Centre, Aurora.

November 7, 2016, The Stateswoman: Perceptions of Female Leaders in 20th and 21st Centuries, Temple Emanu-el Lecture Series, Toronto

November 20, 2016, Victorian Christmas Traditions, Toronto’s 1st Post Office, Toronto 

December 1-19, 2016: 6 Lectures about Royalty and the Atlantic World Aboard the Azamara Quest during the Costa Rica, Panama Canal and ABCs cruise

 Click here to view a selection of lectures about my book, Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada: Democracy, Law, and Human Rights.

 

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PhD Talk Interview: “This Is How I Work”

deskI have been interviewed by Eva Lantsoght at the PhD talk blog for the series “This Is How I Work.” I discuss my work habits including the technology (and the books) in my home office, balancing different projects and my experiences since completing my history PhD in 2012.

Click here to read “I am Carolyn Harris and this is how I work” on the PhD Talk blog

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CTV News Channel Interview: Princess Louise and Royal Children on Tour

Princess Charlotte, the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and the Duke of Cambridge in Victoria, British Columbia (Photo Credit: The Canadian Press)

Princess Charlotte, the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and the Duke of Cambridge in Victoria, British Columbia (Photo Credit: The Canadian Press)

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.

Click here to watch my interview with CTV News Channel.

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CTV News Channel Interview: Prince George and Princess Charlotte in Canada

Princess Charlotte, the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and the Duke of Cambridge in Victoria, British Columbia (Photo Credit: The Canadian Press)

Princess Charlotte, the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and the Duke of Cambridge in Victoria, British Columbia (Photo Credit: The Canadian Press)

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.

Click here to watch my interview with the CTV news channel.

My next interview with the CTV News Channel about the Royal Visit to Canada will be on Saturday, October 1 at 8:10am ET.

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Upcoming TV Interviews about the Royal Tour of Canada

Prince William and Kate arrive in Vancouver by float plane on Sunday morning. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)

Prince William and Kate arrive in Vancouver by float plane on Sunday morning. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)

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.

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CBC News Interview: How green are the royals? Great Bear Rainforest will give William and Kate glimpse of ‘stunning’ natural world

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive in Canada

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive in Canada

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.

Click here to read “How green are the royals? Great Bear Rainforest will give William and Kate glimpse of ‘stunning’ natural world” at CBC.ca

For more information about Prince William’s conservation efforts, see my 2013 column in the Victoria Times Colonist, “Royalty, environment, are a natural partnership.”

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