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The Secret Of The Crown: Canada's Affair With Royalty [Hardcover]

John Fraser
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Feb. 24 2012
Award-winning journalist, author, and royal authority John Fraser explores the endurance and allure of the Crown in Canada. With his trademark wit and artful agility, he looks at the Crown’s evolution from the Age of Deference to the era of celebrity to the present popular revival. Fraser examines the differences between tribal monarchy and constitutional monarchy, the key roles of the governor general and the lieutenant governor, and the media’s insatiable appetite for the Royal Family. Finally, he speculates on the future reign of Charles, Prince of Wales, and pays homage to Queen Elizabeth II on her Diamond Jubilee. An erudite and highly entertaining volume, The Secret of the Crown offers both a captivating and enlightening appraisal of Canada’s long-standing affair with royalty.

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John Fraser’s insightful and well written study illuminates the role of the crown in all aspects of Canadian life and provides convincing arguments in support of continued ties with the constitutional monarchy. (Carolyn Harris Carolyn Harris: Royal Historian 2012-03-14)

Fraser captures the personal allure of majesty ... (Mike Landry Telegraph Journal 2012-03-17)

... buoyant and good-humoured ... (Philip Marchand National Post 2012-03-30)

... an amiable slice of Diamond Jubilee cake. (Ron Robinson Winnipeg Free Press 2012-05-12)

... it is Fraser’s personal lifelong romance with the Queen and the monarchy that emerges as the charming heart of this delightful book. (Barbara Kay National Post 2012-04-27)

... entertaining ... [a] confection of personal reminiscence, well-chosen historical vignettes and gossipy anecdotes. (Elizabeth Grove-White Globe and Mail 2012-05-08)

... an invaluable opportunity to learn about a certain form of Canadian monarchism that has, it seems, gained a new lease on life ... stocked with human portraits of royal figures [and] deeply personal memories ... (Mark McConaghy Toronto Review of Books 2012-05-08)

Fraser provides insightful commentary ... [his] anecdotes are suffused with the excitement of a dedicated royal watcher ... (Bianca Spence Quill and Quire 2012-05-01)

About the Author

John Fraser, CM, is a Canadian journalist, author, and academic, who has served as Master of Massey College at University of Toronto since 1995. As a journalist, he has received multiple national awards, and his work has been published in many of the leading international newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Maclean’s, the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, Paris Match, and New Republic. He is the author of six works of nonfiction and one novel. In 2011, he was appointed as a member of the Order of Canada. John lives in Toronto.

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5.0 out of 5 stars British Monarchy Oct. 17 2012
By Ceilidh
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I am a royalty enthusiast and have read many books on the monarchy of Britain and Europe. The stability of each is truly a feat that no politician nor actor can achieve. While critized, one must wonder at their longevity and role in society, and stability and dedication are the words that come to mind. Overlook the "reality" of family life that we have all experienced in our lives whether in modern or ancestorial times.
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