In Chapter 32, we finally reach the moment everyone has been waiting for: “Edward” is finally going to be crowned king! Luckily the real Edward makes it just in the nick of time. Our Chapter 32 Historical Tidbit focuses on…
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Really all of Chapter 32 is about the Coronation, but a few excerpts from the chapter are described here:
“Let us go backward a few hours, and place ourselves in Westminster Abbey, at four o’clock in the morning of this memorable Coronation Day … At last the final act was at hand. The Archbishop of Canterbury lifted up the crown of England from its cushion and held it out over the trembling mock-King’s head.” (p. 186, 189)
The Day Before the Coronation
- Saturday, February 19th, 1547
- Edward VI processed out of the Tower of London dressed in white velvet
- Included Edward’s servants/staff, nobility, council members, etc.
- Cheapside was richly decorated with many displays
- Sunday, February 20, 1547
- Chronicler Charles Wriothesley recorded the details
- At 9:00am Edward traveled by barge to Whitehall, then to Westminster Abbey
- A stage had been built and the throne sat on it, with two cushions
- The traditional ceremony was condensed due to the king’s age (7 hours instead of 12)
- There was a banquet to follow
The Steps of the Formal Process
- Recognition and Oath
- Anointing – consecrated oil is used to make a cross on the monarch’s hands, head, and heart
- Investing – spurs/crown jewel (orb, sceptre, etc.) are given to the monarch
- Enthronement and Homage – monarch sits on throne and people present pay homage to him/her
- Closing Procession
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