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

April 8, 2021
Canadian Symbols of Authority: Maces, Chains, and Rods of Office

The first book to examine the various parliamentary maces, rods,badges, and chains of office used throughout Canada, CanadianSymbols of Authority details how these devices are used at everylevel of government, emphasizing how, like the Crown itself, theyembody continuity in an ever-changing world.Symbols of authority are not only emblems of democracy andauthority but they are part of the diverse heraldic and artisticheritage of Canada. Despite Canadas rich symbolic and ceremonialheritage, little has been written about the nations various symbolsof authority or the offices that are associated with them.From the Great Maces of the Senate and House of Commons to theChancellors Chain of the Order of Canada and Baton of the ChiefHerald, the development of Canadas symbols of authority encompassesthe past 250 years of Canadian history. Richly illustrated, thisbook is the most comprehensive study yet undertaken of the origins,history, and development of parliamentary maces.