New Review of Hanoverian to Windsor Consorts: Power, Influence, and Dynasty in The Royal Studies Journal

Hanoverian to Windsor Consorts: Power, Influence, and Dynasty, co-edited by Aidan Norrie, Carolyn Harris, J.L. Laynesmith, Danna R. Messer and Elena Woodacre has been reviewed by Amy-Jo Humphries at the University of Liverpool in The Royal Studies Journal.


“As well as the introductory and concluding chapters, Carolyn Harris provides vital contextual chapters for each section that highlights the similarities and differences between each consort and emphasises the value of bringing these individuals together in one volume…Carolyn Harris‚Äôs final chapter then looks to the present and future by drawing on the legacies of previous consorts to contextualise the roles of Camilla Shand and Catherine Middleton. The inclusion of the latter, in anticipation of her future role as queen consort, is welcome and will hopefully serve as a basis for future academic study. This collection builds a clear picture of the changes that have occurred within the monarchy since the eighteenth-century. It is a highly valuable collection, one which has broken ground for future research in eminently interesting and often understudied consorts.”

Click here to read the review of Hanoverian to Windsor Consorts: Power, Influence and Dynasty in the Royal Studies Journal.

CBC Radio Interview: Portrait in Time

On May 24 (Queen Victoria’s birthday), I discussed the recent royal portraits of King Charles III and the Princess of Wales with 15 CBC radio stations from coast to coast to coast!

Here is my conversation with CBC Radio Whitehorse, Yukon. Click here to listen to Portrait in Time

Zoomer Magazine Article now available to read online: A King’s Ransom: Breaking Down the Incalculable Wealth of Charles III

My Zoomer Magazine article about King Charles III’s finances is now available to read online on the first anniversary of King Charles III’s coronation.

Click here to read “A King‚Äôs Ransom: Breaking Down the Incalculable Wealth of Charles III” in Zoomer Magazine

The Spring 2024 Carolyn Harris Royal Historian Newsletter

The Spring 2024 Carolyn Harris Royal Historian newsletter includes links to my recent articles and interviews as well as registration information for my 2024-2025 courses at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies.

Click here to read the Spring 2024 Carolyn Harris Royal Historian newsletter

January-February 2024 Online Course: The Romanovs and the Russian Revolution

In January-February 2024, I will be teaching my popular online course about The Romanovs and the Russian Revolution at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies.

Click here for more information and to register.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

The consequences of the Russian Revolution continue to influence Russia’s politics and society, and indeed the whole world’s. In 2017, Russia quietly marked the 100th anniversary of the turning points: the abdication of Czar Nicholas II and Lenin’s seizure of power for the Bolshevik party.  Follow the quick succession of crises: the collapse of the Romanov dynasty, the end of Russia‚Äôs participation in the First World War, the emergence of the Provisional Government, and the fateful rise of Lenin and the Soviet Union.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  •        Explore the vanished world of the Romanov dynasty, which ruled Russia for 300 years.
  •        Learn about the swift events in Russia in 1917.
  •        Discuss the key figures and moments in the Russian Revolutions.
  •        Explore how the Russian Revolutions were perceived around the world.
  •        Analyze the impact of the Russian Revolutions on the modern world

Click here for more information and to register.

New Canadian Encyclopedia Article: Frances Anne Hopkins

My new article in the Canadian Encyclopedia is about Frances Anne Hopkins, an artist who sketched and painted Canadian landscapes. Her most famous paintings, including Shooting the Rapids and Canoes in a Fog, Lake Superior, depict long-distance canoe voyages undertaken by the Hudson’s Bay Company in the 1860s.

Click here to read my article about Frances Anne Hopkins in the Historica Canada Canadian Encyclopedia.

Fall 2023 University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies Course: Behind the Crown: The Monarchy from Victoria to Charles III

I will be teaching an eight week course on Tuesday afternoons in October-November 2023 at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies – Behind the Crown: The Monarchy from Victoria to Charles III. Click here for more information and to register.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

The personal lives of royalty are a popular subject for fiction in novels, films and TV series but the real history is more interesting. Each generation of royalty must respond to the challenges of their times to keep the monarchy relevant and engaged with public opinion. Join Carolyn Harris, historian, commentator and author of Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting for a lively discussion of the history, politics and cultural significance of the monarchy in the UK and Canada.  

Click here for more information and to register for “Behind the Crown: The Monarchy from Victoria at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies

New Reader’s Digest Article: The Ultimate Guide to Royal Residences

My new article in Reader’s Digest Canada discusses royal residences in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland and recent changes to where members of the royal family live in the reign of King Charles III.

Click here to read “The Ultimate Guide to Royal Residences” in Reader’s Digest Canada

New Book: Hanoverian to Windsor Consorts: Power, Influence and Dynasty

Hanoverian to Windsor Consorts: Power, Influence and Dynasty, edited by Aidan Norrie, J.L. Laynesmith, Danna R. Messer, Elena Woodacre and myself is now available in hardcover and e-book from Palgrave Macmillan. The book includes new research and perspectives on all the consorts to the Hanoverian, Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Windsor monarchs in Britain and the Commonwealth, examining three hundred years of royal history. I wrote the introduction to the volume and introductions to the sections on Hanoverian and Windsor Consorts as well as the final chapter about Camilla, Catherine and the future of the role of the royal consort.

Hanoverian to Windsor Consorts: Power, Influence and Dynasty at Palgrave Macmillan

Hanoverian to Windsor Consorts: Power, Influence and Dynasty on Amazon