Richard Coronation

Richard Coronation

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  • 32 year old Richard the Lionheart was coronated on the 3rd of September 1189. Richard himself took the crown from the altar and handed it to the archbishop, who then crowned him while two earls held it above his head because it was quite heavy.  He mounted a dais and sat on a throne as Mass was celebrated.
  • Crowds lined the streets of London to glimpse Richard, the eldest surviving son and heir of the recently deceased King Henry II.  Richard was Duke of Aquitaine, Duke of Normandy and many other titles, and he had spent his adult life in Aquitaine and Poitou
  • Shortly afterwards, representatives  of the Jewish community, who had been barred from the ceremony, arrived at the abbey to present gifts and their respects to the newly-crowned king, only to beaten and stripped by the king’s men, and thrown out onto the street.
  • A horrified Richard was forced  to issue a writ ordering the cessation of the  persecution of the Jews (he also  allowed those who had been forcibly converted to Christianity to  revert to Judaism).  Those guilty of the most egregious offences against them were  executed.
  • Richard would not tarry long in England following his coronation.  He was eager to go on Crusade and liberate Jerusalem.  A king more at home in Poitiers than London, Richard viewed England as primarily an excellent source of revenue.  He also became one of the few kings known by his epithet, Richard the Lionheart, instead of his regnal number, Richard I.
  • Jerusalem (Holy Land)  
  • Fair bit this way
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