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Tue, 02 May



British Coronations: A History

Why do we crown Kings and Queens? And why has this ancient ritual survived in Britain, uniquely among European countries? What purpose can pomp and pageantry serve in a modern constitutional monarchy?

British Coronations: A History
British Coronations: A History

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02 May 2023, 18:00


About the event

This talk introduces the history of the British coronation, from its 10th -century origins to the present day, and explores how its meaning has changed over time. It will focus on moments when this religious ceremony came under intense scrutiny, such as during the Reformation, or when the first ever queen regnant, Mary I, was crowned.

Dr Alice Hunt is an Associate Professor at the University of Southampton. She is the author of The Drama of Coronation: Medieval Ceremony in Early Modern England, and a forthcoming book with Faber and Faber, England’s Republic. She is also part of a major research project on the role of Elizabeth II in the Caribbean, where the British monarch remains head of state in eight independent nations.

This FREE event is run by Gresham College in London.  You must regsiter at:

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