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Death and the CrownRitual and Politics in France Before the Revolution$
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Anne Byrne

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526143303

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7765/9781526143310

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‘Vive le roi!’: the coronation of Louis XVI, 11 June 1775

‘Vive le roi!’: the coronation of Louis XVI, 11 June 1775

(p.159) 5 ‘Vive le roi!’: the coronation of Louis XVI, 11 June 1775
Death and the Crown

Anne Byrne

Manchester University Press

The coronation of Louis XVI, which took place on 11 June 1775, is described in detail in this chapter where it is considered as an amalgam of several smaller rituals each with its own provenance and meaning. Apparently transgressive gestures are granted positive meaning. The role of the queen in the coronation is considered as is the meaning of tales of the king walking among the people after the ceremony.

Keywords:   Coronation, Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, absolutism, portraits, oaths, tears

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