Burke’s Peerage & Gentry: World Orders of Knighthood & Merit
Rafe is the co-editor and co-author of the award-winning and critically-acclaimed Burke’s Peerage & Gentry: World Orders of Knighthood & Merit, a major 2,000 page publication, in two volumes, which is found in embassies, royal households and protocol offices around the world. For their work, Rafe and fellow editor Guy Stair Sainty both received the prestigious Prize of the Confederation International de Genealogie et d’Heraldique.
Praise for World Orders of Knighthood & Merit:
“A classic unlikely to be replaced for at least a century” (The Scotsman)
“These impressive volumes will be the definitive reference work…” (Archives)
“A stunning achievement and cause for celebration” (Coat of Arms)
“A reference resource for the next century … purchase this remarkable work” (Reference Reviews)
“Well written, meticulously researched and stunningly presented.” (Choice)
“The editors are to be congratulated for their Herculean labour …” (Heraldry Gazette)
Our House: Representation in the House of Lords
In 2012, in opposition to the Coalition Government’s Draft Bill on the Reform of the House of Lords, Rafe and Philip Blond, director of the leading British public policy think tank ResPublica, spearheaded a radical reform alternative for Britain’s Upper House.
Bringing together some of Britain’s leading thinkers, including Prof. Roger Scruton, Lord Low of Dalston, Frank Field MP and the Rt. Revd. Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester, Convenor of the Lords Spiritual, Rafe and Philip Blond produced a landmark publication: Our House: Representation in the House of Lords, which was formally launched in the Houses of Parliament in February 2012.
The publication, the radical conclusion of which was co-authored by Rafe and Philip Blond, has caused a considerable stir in political circles and has been presented as evidence for consideration by the Joint Committee on Lords Reform.
Rafe has lectured and debated on a variety of subjects at a range of locations in the UK, USA and Canada, from as far afield as The University of Cambridge and the Durham Union Society in the United Kingdom to the University of Toronto and Los Angeles' Biola University in North America.
Rafe has written for a variety of publications and he has also written for a BBC Radio 4 lecture series on major British institutions. He is a ResPublica Research Associate, specialising in its British Civic Life Unit.
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Rafe has written and lectured on subjects including:
High Society & the New Elite
The Class System in Modern Britain
Public Policy and British Heritage, Traditions & Institutions
The Honours System
State Ceremonial Occasions
Royal Protocol and Etiquette
Click here to listen to Rafe's biography, read by Australian broadcaster Allan Jones.