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Political Science Reference

Canadian Symbols of Authority

Maces, Chains, and Rods of Office

by (author) Corinna Pike & Christopher McCreery

foreword by Andrew York

Publisher
Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
Jun 2011
Category
Reference, General, General
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781459700161
    Publish Date
    Jun 2011
    List Price
    $29.99
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781554889013
    Publish Date
    Jun 2011
    List Price
    $60.00

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Description

The first book to examine the various parliamentary maces, rods, badges, and chains of office used throughout Canada, Canadian Symbols of Authority details how these devices are used at every level of government, emphasizing how, like the Crown itself, they embody continuity in an ever-changing world.

Symbols of authority are not only emblems of democracy and authority but they are part of the diverse heraldic and artistic heritage of Canada. Despite Canada’s rich symbolic and ceremonial heritage, little has been written about the nations various symbols of authority or the offices that are associated with them.

From the Great Maces of the Senate and House of Commons to the Chancellors Chain of the Order of Canada and Baton of the Chief Herald, the development of Canada’s symbols of authority encompasses the past 250 years of Canadian history. Richly illustrated, this book is the most comprehensive study yet undertaken of the origins, history, and development of parliamentary maces.

About the authors

Corinna Pike is an expert in matters pertaining to regalia, ceremonial silver, trophies, and fine jewellery, having worked many years with the royal jewellers, Garrard. Pike extended her skills to artist designer working for luxury jewellers Asprey London. Recently she returned to Garrard, and is currently the bespoke and regal jewels designer and heritage manager. She lives in New Malden, Surrey, England.

Corinna Pike's profile page

Christopher McCreery holds a doctorate in Canadian political history from Queen_s University and is the author of more than ten books, including The Beginners Guide to Canadian Honours and Canadian Symbols of Authority. He is private secretary to the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, serves on the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. He lives in Halifax.

Christopher McCreery's profile page

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Editorial Reviews

"With its fine photographs and informative texts, this book celebrates and explains the various symbols of authority."

OHS Bulletin

"What could be a dry and dull subject is instead a fascinating exploration of the evolution of the various symbols."

Maclean's

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