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Edward the ConfessorLast of the Royal Blood$
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Tom Licence

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780300211542

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300211542.001.0001

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(p.80) Chapter 3 Kingship
Edward the Confessor

Tom Licence

Yale University Press

This chapter gives an overview of Edward the Confessor's kingship after the witan received him upon the condition that he uphold “the laws of Cnut.” It describes Edward's coronation ceremony as an ancient transformational ritual that changed a man chosen by the people into their king. It also talks about the creation of a liturgy after the coronation ceremony was Christianized and made into a rite of the Church, in which the transformative moment was accompanied with the holy oil or chrism. The chapter confirms that Edward was crowned during Easter Day in 1043. It emphasizes that no previous king is known to have linked himself to Christ the same way as Edward did, superimposing the drama of kingmaking on the mystery of the Resurrection.

Keywords:   Edward the Confessor, kingship, witan, Cnut, coronation ceremony, chrism, Easter Day

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