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Death and the Crown: Ritual and Politics in France Before the Revolution

Anne Byrne


In May 1774 Louis XV died, triggering a sequence of rituals unseen in fifty-nine years. This book explores how these one-in-a-reign rituals unfolded just fifteen years before the revolution. Starting with the deathbed of Louis XV, the book covers his funeral, the lit de justice of November 1774, and the coronation of Louis XVI and related ceremonies in June 1775, relating them all to the politics of the day. Threads of continuity emerge from this closely woven narrative to form a compelling picture of the place of these ceremonies in the dynamic culture of 1770s France. New light is shed on ... More

Keywords: Ritual, France, coronation, power, parlement, death, Louis XV, Louis XVI, monarchy, scrofula, court, eighteenth century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781526143303
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7765/9781526143310


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne Byrne, author
Birkbeck, University of London