‘Vive le roi!’
The coronation of Louis XVI, 11 June 1775
in Death and the crown
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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.

Death and the crown

Ritual and politics in France before the Revolution


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