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The British coronation is fabulously ancient, as historian Tom Holland puts it. The tradition can be traced back thousands of years as a fusion of:
The British coronation is probably the longest surviving ritual right now and it serves as a window into the past.
Edgar, the grand-son of Æthelstan (which is considered the first British king) was the first to be crowned. It happened in 973 AD, 4 years after becoming king as a way to symbolise the unity of the newly created nation:
Although we commonly refer to the coronation as one big event there are actually 2:
The crown was not a tradition in the old Saxony. It is believed to come from the old Roman emperors, from the 3rd century onwards, who used a diadem as a Sun inspired symbol.
For hundreds of years, during the Republic and even early Empire, romans had a disdain for kings. But the crown was immortalised as a ritual through coins and paintings.
Pepin, the Frankish unifier, who established the Carolingian dynasty, used holy oil to legitimise his rule by connecting himself to old Jewish kings like Solomon and David.
His better known successor, Charlemagne, famously had the pope place the crown on his head, thus crating a connection to the Roman empire.
Considering the ties with the continent, it is very probable this inspired old Saxon kings. And the tradition was obviously continued after the conquest of England by William the Conqueror, king of Normandy, in 1066.
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Putting the British coronation in context, as Charles becomes the new king of England.
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