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Crown Imperial: Coronation Ritual And Regalia In The Reign Of James V

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James V was only seventeen months old when his father was killed at the battle of Flodden and his coronation, conducted hurriedly in Stirling Castle on 21 September 1513, was traditionally remembered as 'the mourning coronation'. This chapter sets the coronations of James V and his queen Mary of Guise in broad context, extending back in time to the inaugurations of early medieval Scottish kings. It presents the most detailed analysis yet of James's two-stage refashioning of the Scottish regalia to underline his claims to 'imperial' kingship in the 1530s. There is a seventeenth century document, which seems to indicate some of the essential outlines of the pre-Reformation Scottish coronation service. This is The Forme of the Coronatioun of the Kings of Scotland written in 1628 by Sir Jerome Lindsay of Annatland, Lyon King of Arms.

Keywords: battle of Flodden; Forme ; imperial kingship; James V; Mary of Guise; medieval coronation ritual; Scottish regalia; Sir Jerome Lindsay; Stirling castle



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