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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Henry I is crowned King of France

On this date in our family history . . . the 14th day of May . . . in the year 1027 . . . Henry I is crowned King of France at the Cathedral of Rheims . . . in popular imagination the cathedral of Rheims has been best known as the coronation church of French kings for over five hundred years . . . this crowning of our King Henry at Rheims Cathedral by the archbishop was the first of many such corronations . . . after Henry I, however, every king of France, save two, was crowned at Rheims by the presiding archbishop of Reims until 1825 . . . in all, twenty-nine kings were crowned at Reims between 1027 and 1825 . . . until the end of the Middle Ages the actual ceremony was not a public event but took place in private at the high altar in the crossing of the cathedral and was attended only by the six bishops and the six barons who were the peers of France . . . at the end of the ceremony the newly crowned king was presented to the people from atop the choir screen for acclamation . . . this King of France is a 26th great-grandpa of Josephine Wingfield Henry nee Davis (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this blog . . .

French Cathedrals, Monasteries and Abbeys, and Sacred Sites of France By Elizabeth Robins Pennell, Joseph Pennell: "flftVl ID II y "

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