Raising Royalty

Raising Royalty : 1000 Years of Royal Parenting

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How royal parents dealt with raising their children over the past thousand years, from keeping Vikings at bay to fending off paparazzi.

William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are setting trends for millions of parents around the world. The upbringing of their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, is the focus of intense popular scrutiny. Royalty have always raised their children in the public eye and attracted praise or criticism according to parenting standards of their day.

Royal parents have faced unique challenges and held unique privileges. In medieval times, raising an heir often meant raising a rival, and monarchs sometimes faced their grown children on the battlefield. Conversely, kings and queens who lost their thrones in wars or popular revolutions often found solace in time spent with their children. In modern times, royal duties and overseas tours have often separated young princes and princesses from their parents, a circumstance that is slowly changing with the current generation of royalty.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 25mm | 567g
  • Toronto, Canada
  • English
  • notes; Bibliography; Index
  • 1459735692
  • 9781459735699
  • 2,966,067

Table of contents

Introduction Raising a Royal Child

1 Edgar "the Peaceable" (c. 943-75) and Elfrida of Northampton (c. 945-1001)

2 William I "the Conqueror" (c. 1028-87) and Matilda of Flanders (c. 1031-83)

3 Henry II (1133-89) and Eleanor of Aquitaine (c. 1124-1204)

4 Henry III (1207-72) and Eleanor of Provence (c. 1223-91)

5 Edward III (1312-77) and Philippa of Hainault (1314-69)

6 Richard III (1452-85) and Anne Neville (1456-85)

7 Ferdinand II of Aragon (1452-1516) and Isabella I of Castile (1451-1504)

8 Henry VIII (1491-1547) and Catherine of Aragon (1485-1536)

9 Frederick V, Elector Palatine (1596-1632), and Elizabeth of England and Scotland (1596-1662)

10 Charles I (1600-49) and Henrietta Maria of France (1609-69)

11 Peter I "the Great" of Russia (1672-1725) and Catherine I (1684-1727)

12 Anne (1665-1714) and George of Denmark (1653-1708)

13 George II (1683-1760) and Caroline of Ansbach (1683-1737)

14 Louis XVI of France (1754-93) and Marie Antoinette of Austria (1755-93)

15 Victoria (1819-1901) and Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (1819-61)

16 Nicholas II of Russia (1868-1918) and Alexandra of Hesse-Darmstadt (1872-1918)

17 Juliana of the Netherlands (1909-2004) and Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld (1911-2004)

18 Elizabeth II (1926-) and Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark (1921-)

19 Prince Charles (1948-) and Diana Spencer (1961-97)

20 Prince William (1982-) and Catherine Middleton (1982-)

Epilogue The Future of the Royal Nursery



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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 * A fascinating and engaging analysis of royal childhood through the centuries. * Amy Licence, author of Royal Babies: A History: 1066-2013 * Informative, amusing, and royally riveting. * Hello! Canada * 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 of Canada's History Magazine * 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 * A fascinating source of well-researched information and a great addition to the shelves of royalists and historians alike. * History of Royals 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 Woodacre, Senior Lecturer in Early Modern European History, University of Winchester *
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About Carolyn Harris

Carolyn Harris teaches history at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. She received her Ph.D in European history from Queen's University in 2012. Her writing concerning the history of monarchy in the U.K., Europe, and Canada has appeared in numerous publications including the Globe and Mail, Ottawa Citizen, Smithsonian Magazine and the BBC News Magazine, and she is the author of Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada and Queenship and Revolution in Early Modern Europe: Henrietta Maria and Marie Antoinette. She lives in Toronto.
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