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Anna Of Denmark’s Coronation And Entry Into Edinburgh, 1590: Cultural, Religious And Diplomatic Perspectives

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This chapter uses copious contemporary accounts to provide a detailed narrative of the ceremonies not only at Anna's coronation in 1590 but also at her formal entry to the burgh of Edinburgh. On 1 May 1590 James VI and his new queen consort, Anna of Denmark, arrived in the port of Leith. James formally ratified the marriage contracts with the great seal on Anna's coronation day, 17 May, and these documents were later ratified by parliament in April 1592. Anna's coronation took place at Holyrood Abbey Church, which had been repaired and specially prepared for the occasion. Anna placed her hand on the Bible to swear her coronation oath. This was a new post-Reformation oath that promised to advance and support the true religion and work against all popish superstition, ceremonies and rites. Michael Lynch shows the splendours of court ritual and ceremony in sixteenth-century Scotland.

Keywords: Anna of Denmark; Anna's coronation; Edinburgh; Holyrood Abbey church; James VI; Leith; Michael Lynch; post-reformation; sixteenth-century Scotland

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