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Canadian Symbols of Authority: Maces, Chains, and Rods of Office

Canadian Symbols of Authority: Maces, Chains, and Rods of Office    
Format Hardcover
Catalogue No. 978-1-55488-901-3
Pages 360
Language English only
Price $60.00
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Written by Corinna A.W. Pike and Christopher McCreery.
Published by Dundurn Press, 2011.


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 nation's 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 Chancellor's 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 symbols.

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 has served as an adviser to the Canadian and British governments on questions related to honours policy. His previous books include The Beginner's Guide to Canadian Honours. McCreery is currently the private secretary to the lieutenant governor of Nova Scotia and is executive director of Government House in Halifax.

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