Lita-Rose Betcherman is the acclaimed author of Court Lady and Country Wife which was published by HarperCollins in the US and Canada, and Wiley in the UK. She received her doctorate in Tudor and Stuart History from the University of Toronto. She has published extensively on matters of history in academic journals, and University of Toronto Press has published her notable work on Canadian social history and biography.
Katherine Manners was the richest girl in England, a Catholic, and wife to the notorious George Villiers, the Duke of Buckingham. George's reputation spiralled until his bloody assassination. Kate's second marriage to Randal, Earl of Antrim, lead to her participation in the 1638 rebellions against the king. She was a woman behind great men, and this is her definitive biography.
Fascism was not a mass movement in Canada in the 1930s, but it threatened the country’s health. In his review, Mordecai Richler wrote, “Dr. Betcherman has written a lively, readable history, the stronger for being detached and allowing the embarrassing facts to speak for themselves….It is strong , evocative stuff, a necessary reminder of how things were. I recommend it highly.”
An engaging account of a formative period in Canada's political history, just as important as Senator McCarthy's Red Scare was in the US. This is an unbiased account of midnight arrests, imprisonment without trial, and forced deportation faced by those whose only crimes were unpopular political opinions. This story is an important lesson in human rights, regardless of ideology.
Picasso to F. Scott Fitzgerald, Winston Churchill to sex kitten Brigitte Bardot. The glorious strip of Mediterranean beach stretching from Marseilles to Monaco still attracts writers, artists, film stars, and scoundrels. Betcherman's rich account will delight tourists and armchair travelers alike.
Balthazar Gerbier, an artist and architect, connoisseur and curator, secret agent and diplomat, a friend of Rubens and counsellor to kings, his life offers a window into dazzling 17th century England and Europe. Gerbier assembled the famous art collection for the Duke of Buckingham at London's York House. Lita-Rose Betcherman has written the definitive and long-awaited biography of Gerbier.