Prince Edward, Duke of Kent:
Father of the Canadian Crown (1767-1820)
Includes a foreword written by His Honour Brigadier-General The Honourable J.J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia
288 Pages, 5.5in x 8.5in x 1in
notes, illustrations, maps, timeline, bibliography, index
$19.99 CDN (hard copy)
To me, it seems as if this book, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent: Father of the Canadian Crown is long overdue.
It brings to clear light the comprehensive contributions of this man and member of the Royal Family to the colonies of the day, the development of Canada, our identity as Canadians and the legacy that he inspired, particularly in his own lifetime.
- The Honourable H. Frank Lewis, Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward, Duke of Kent . . . sets out to adjust the muddled historical record of the forgotten Royal. Tidridge’s clear, concise writing style and stellar research skills reveal an individual who was actively engaged in Confederation rather than a silent participant.
- Michael Taube, A Neglected Royal, Literary Review of Canada
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Nathan Tidridge's lively and insightful biography restores the Duke of Kent to his rightful place in Canadian history.
- Dr. Carolyn Harris, University of Toronto
Tidridge's research on Edward is incredible. He has humanized him in a brilliant way, and made the whole period of his sojourn here come alive.
- Charles Pachter OC
Nathan Tidridge argues in his new book . . . that Edward’s greatly underappreciated legacies include pioneering the royal tour as a nation-building exercise as well as use of the word “Canadian” in a way that encompassed both the French-and english-speaking in-habitants of British North America.
- Randy Boswell, National Post
"Supported by extensive research and presented in an easy flowing writing style, Nathan Tidridge proceeds to cover the development of Canada and the important role played by Edward in that development."
Colin Morley UE, Loyalist Trails, United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada
"The product of a great deal of research and a very fine piece of writing. It is an important book for Prince Edward Island and for Canada."
Professor Thomas H.B. Symons, C.C., O.Ont, Founding President and Vanier Professor Emeritus, Trent University
Introducing the author at the August 2013 launch at Government House, Charlottetown
The story of Prince Edward Augustus, Duke of Kent (1767–1820) is also a story of early Canada.
An active participant in the very genesis of the country, including discussions that would eventually lead to Confederation, the Prince lived in Quebec City, undertook historic tours of Upper Canada and the United States (both firsts for a member of the Royal Family) before he was stationed in Halifax, Nova Scotia, as commander-in-chief of British North America.
Canada’s maps are dotted with his name (Prince Edward Island the most obvious example), making him one of the most honoured among our forgotten historical figures. Exiled from the court of his father, and accompanied by his long-time mistress Julie de St. Laurent, the 24-year-old Prince Edward Augustus arrived in Quebec City in 1791. His life became woven into the fabric of a highly-charged society and left an indelible mark on the role of the monarchy in Canada. Seventy years later the country would be united under the crown of his daughter, Victoria — Sir John A. Macdonald’s “Queen of Canada.”