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    Posted: 26-Feb-2005 at 10:22

Hi,

I just wonders why the coronation of the British Royal must be at the Westminster (from William the Conqueror onward), but the Archbishop of Canterbury helds the position to crown kings/queens.

It's different from the French, who would be crowned by Archbishop of Reims held the power and the coronations always took place at Reims. This can be explained by the baptism of Clovis by St. Remigius.

So could anyone explain the tradition of the coronation of the British Royal?

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  Quote Dawn Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27-Feb-2005 at 18:43

well , for the Archbishop of Canterbury preforming the ceromony. That tradition comes from way back. The origional Archbishop was St. Augustine. He was sent to organize the church for the pope. In creating two provinces (north based in York and south based around london with Canterbury becoming the center) he set the fondations for the upper hand that canterbury holds.  He became the senoir bishop.and as such he crowns the king to show the symbolic long assosiation between church and monarch. For most of the time the bishop would have been the closed advisory( not always though) . Not all king(or queens) where crowned by the Achbishop af Canterbury, william among was crowned by York but it tends to lend legitamicyif Canterbury does it.

 

As to Westminister Abby - when it was rebuilt by henry III in the 13 centery it was done for among other reasons to house the coranations and burials of kings.  

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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12-Mar-2012 at 19:30

Since the reign of Edward I English kings are crowned seated on the Stone of Scone, supposedly the same one the prophet Jacob used as a pillow. The English captured it from the Scots, but many believe the stone is a fake
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13-Mar-2012 at 19:45
The king held special objects during the coronation: the orb symbolised England's dominance over the world and the scepter was descended from the mace: a demonstration of military might
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  Quote Sidney Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-Mar-2012 at 12:45
Westminster Abbey was the newest grand symbol of Christianity in England at the time. It was consecrated in 1065. Maybe William wanted to use it as publicity, and his successors took his lead.
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18-Mar-2012 at 20:04
William the Bastard's coronation marked the end of the Saxon practise of electing kings. Now the dead king is succeeded by his oldest son
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