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National Archives, U.K. | Power and Pageantry

June 17, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am

Power and Pageantry: The Coronation of King Richard III and Queen Anne

The summer of 1483 was a spectacular celebration of the power of medieval English monarchy

About this event

The joint crowning of King Richard III and Queen Anne in the summer of 1483 was a spectacular celebration of the power of medieval English monarchy, yet one that was short lived after Richard III lost his crown just over two years later at the Battle of Bosworth.

The coronation maintained the long traditions of royal pageantry and religious ceremony, but was also a key political step in stabilising the country after the discord and turbulence of civil war.

Join Sean Cunningham and catch a glimpse of how Richard III intended to build his kingship in an insecure age of rivalries, warfare and depositions.

This talk will be presented by Dr Sean Cunningham, Interim Head of Collections – Medieval, Early Modern, Legal, Maps and Plans

This event is part of Royalty on Record: Celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. In 2022, Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British monarch to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee after 70 years on the throne. To mark this momentous occasion, The National Archives is digitising records from our collections about Her Majesty’s life, coronation and reign as well as revealing interesting and intriguing tales from royal history. Find out more here.

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