The illustration above depicts the coronation at Rheims on August 6, 1223,
of King Louis VIII ("the Lion") of France and his wife Queen Blanche ("of Castille").
It is taken from the 14th Century manuscript
Grandes Chroniques de France.
The original is now in the
Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris.


"Il ne faut pas être plus royaliste que le roi"
("One must not be more royalist than the king")
is a maxim dating from the reign of King Louis XIV of France.
Given the character and behavior of our Century's republican officials,
I think royalty is looking better every day.




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