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Offline Machina XII

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I was just wondering if anyone knows a website, or just has the knowledge themselves about the details of French coronation ceremonies. I just realized I know a lot more about English coronations with the orb and the cross sovereign scepter and all that, but I'm a lot more interested in the French version of it...for some reason it's a lot harder to find...all I really know is that they don't use orbs.
'A day may come when, sorrow o'er thus whispers hope, her son perchance may make that dear one blest once more, and thus avenge himself on France." - Lepitre's poem written for King Louis XVII

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Re: Does anyone know the details of French coronation ceremonies?
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2009, 05:28:29 AM »
I was just wondering if anyone knows a website, or just has the knowledge themselves about the details of French coronation ceremonies. I just realized I know a lot more about English coronations with the orb and the cross sovereign scepter and all that, but I'm a lot more interested in the French version of it...for some reason it's a lot harder to find...all I really know is that they don't use orbs.

I've got an amazing book with all the details of the ceremonies, made for King Charles X's coronation in 1824. You can't imagine how much the ceremonies were complicated. Fascinating... And the prayers are really beautiful. But of course the book is in french...
If you want (and if you can wait a little), next week, I'll post here a rundown of the ceremonies...

Till then, the crown and the hermine coat made to cover the coffins of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, for the "pomp and circonstance"  funeral service in 1816.



On this one (sorry, bad photo, but with those bloody panes of glass...!), you can see at the top the golden gloves and the golden spurs for the King's coronation.


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Re: Does anyone know the details of French coronation ceremonies?
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2009, 06:15:22 PM »
Wow, those pictures are beautiful! I can wait a week. I've been taking french for almost four years, but sadly I still have a low reading level, probably about first or second grade. I tried reading a novel but it was really hard. T^T I love French so much though, I won't give up! I refuse to die until I can speak(and read) fluent French! ( I have strange goals lol) So the fur is called hermine? I thought it was called ermine. I've been looking for faux hermine fur and blue velvet with gold fleur de lys on it so I can make a copy of the coronation robes, but I might want to make a dress version that doesn't drag on the floor...I don't know. I like to make copies of clothes like that, but they're never very accurate because I like to add extra fancy stuff to them. I want to make a copy of a blue velvet frock coat worn by Louis XV, but it has gold embroidery so I'm trying to figure out how to do that, but I plan on adding lots of ruffles in the back that weren't in the original coat.
'A day may come when, sorrow o'er thus whispers hope, her son perchance may make that dear one blest once more, and thus avenge himself on France." - Lepitre's poem written for King Louis XVII