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.
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.
"With its fine photographs and informative texts, this book celebrates and explains the various symbols of authority."
"What could be a dry and dull subject is instead a fascinating exploration of the evolution of the various symbols."
Other titles by Christopher McCreery
A Resilient Crown
Canada's Monarchy at the Platinum Jubilee
Canada's Deep Crown
Beyond Elizabeth II, The Crown's Continuing Canadian Complexion
Government House Halifax
A Place of History and Gathering
Fifty Years Honouring Canadians
The Order of Canada, 1967–2017
Savoir Faire, Savoir Vivre
Rideau Club 1865–2015
Commemorative Medals of The Queen's Reign in Canada, 1952-2012
Commemorative Medals of The Queen's Reign in Canada, 1952–2012
La feuille d'erable et la Croix-Blanche
The Authentic Voice of Canada
R.B. Bennett Speeches in the House of Lords, 1941-1947
On Her Majesty's Service
Royal Honours and Recognition in Canada