Mary Beacock Fryer is a well-known expert on Upper Canadian history. She has written a trilogy on the Simcoe family: Elizabeth Posthuma Simcoe: A Biography, Our Young Soldier: Lieutenant Francis Simcoe, 6 June 1791-6 April 1812, and John Graves Simcoe: 1752-1806, A Biography. Among Fryer's other books are Escape, Beginning Again, and Buckskin Pimpernel.
Volunteers and Redcoats, Raiders and Rebels
A comprehensive history of rebellions and U.S. invasions in Upper Canada, in 1837 and 1838, covering the skirmishes in eastern Ontario, Toronto, and southwestern Ontario. Lavishly illustrated with rare photos and maps, Volunteers is a popular narrative history that examines the lives and motives of the leaders of Upper Canada’s rebellions; their U.S. allies; the British and Canadian administrators who played significant roles in the uprisings; and the Canadians who remained loyal to the Crown.
The book is also a careful and gripping study of the emotions and motives that burned inside of the men who led the rebellions; from Windsor in the west to Prescott in the east. A co-publishing venture with the Canadian War Museum, Volunteers is being released in conjuction with the sesquicentennial of the famour Mackenzie rebellion in Toronto.
"Fryer has colourfully woven the whole tapestry together with personalities, political threads and the socio-economic background of the period.It provides a clear factual account of the events that affected nearly every loyalist, settler and inhabitant of Upper Canada."