‘Le roi se fait sacré’
Preparing the coronation, 1774–75
in Death and the crown
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The first of three chapters dealing with the coronation of Louis XVI, this chapter considers the preparations required at Versailles and in Reims, and the currents at work in imagining the monarch at this juncture in French history. Sentimentalism and ideas of virtue are central themes. Louis XVI's ceremonial entry into Reims prompted grand decorations offering a commentary on contemporary political events, crowned by an arch of bienfaisance.

Death and the crown

Ritual and politics in France before the Revolution

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