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England's Coronations: Five Centuries of Splendor and Pageantry

Register for this Summer 2023 course on the new NYU SPS Academy of Lifelong Learning website.
The crowning of King Charles III and Queen Camilla at Westminster Abbey on May 6th, 2023 celebrates a vital royal ritual that has evolved over many centuries. Learn about coronation history, traditions, and treasures including the crowning of Henry VIII; London’s dramatic medieval and Tudor pageantry; the required acts of aristocratic homage; and the lost and stolen Crown Jewels that needed to be recreated for an earlier King Charles on his accession after the Civil War. Study the scandals at George IV’s coronation in 1821 and mishaps at Queen Victoria’s crowning; why Queen Elizabeth II agreed to the filming of her 1953 coronation; and why Scotland’s historic Stone of Scone, on loan to Westminster for installation underneath the medieval throne, returns to Edinburgh immediately after King Charles III’s coronation. Summer 2023 tuition is $349.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of how coronation ceremonies have evolved over the centuries
  • Familiarity with the fascinating stories of historically significant coronations in England
  • Knowledge about coronation rituals and traditions

Ideal for

  • Royal family enthusiasts
  • Those seeking a deeper understanding of European history
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.