Coronation: A History of Kingship and the British Monarchy.
London, HarperCollins. 2005, First Edition. (ISBN: 0007160542) Hard Cover with dust jacket. 556 pp, small 4to (10" H). Profusely illustrated with b&w and colour photographs, reproductions. "As a boy of sixteen, Roy Strong watched the grand procession carrying Queen Elizabeth II to her coronation. The spectacle was considered the greatest public event of the century. But now, several years later, many people have little notion of what a coronation is and are unaware of the rich resonances of the ritual, or its deep significance in terms of the committal of monarch to people. This book is the first of its kind - a comprehensive history to set each coronation into its political, social, religious and cultural context. The story is one of constant re-invention as the service has had to respond to the changes in fortune of the monarchy and the country, everything from legitimising usurpers to reconciling a Catholic rite to the tenets of Protestantism. It had to be recreated from scratch after the restoration of Charles II in 1660. By telling the story of each coronation in turn, Roy Strong recounts the history of British monarchy since the 10th century, and looks forward to the coronation of Prince Charles. The ceremony's musical history alone is one of extraordinary richness - involving Henry Purcell, Handel, Edward Elgar and William Walton. The celebratory poetry, art and spectacular engravings published at coronations are all explored, as is the more recent role of photographers. Meticulously researched, with rich visual material, including illuminated manuscripts, engravings, portraits, photographs and television stills, this will be the definitive book for many years to come." Very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, a small area of soiling, a tiny dent and a small area of edge wear at the top edge of the rear board; a very small mark in the top corner of three pages which is colour offset from the picture on the opposite page - this likely occurred during manufacture. Dust jacket has very light rubbing and soiling; several very small tears - some with creases at top edge of rear panel - archivally taped, minor edge wear/wrinkling. This heavy book will require extra postage outside of Canada/USA. Very Good+/Very Good-.
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Keywords: British Royal Family, Coronations, Kingship, Divinity, Pageants, Monarchy, Rituals, Anointing, Becket, Oaths, Crown, Kings, Queens, Regalia, Reformation, Recension, Westminster Abbey, Unction, London, Coronations, British Monarchy, Anglo-Saxons, St. Thoma