Date: 2017-06-14 11:58 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] peasant
the practice is in a way, anti-Christian. Yet, the CoE is based in Christianity.

Well, obviously everything in Christianity is open to interpretation, and on top of that the CoE was of it's time. The Church of England emerged at a period when the whole concept of the divine right of kings was also emerging, so I don't know exactly which arose out of which or if they are utterly interdependent. I know the idea was also popular in France but I'm not sure if it spread there from us or if we got aspects of it from them. The later is more likely simply because we were culturally marginal in the late 16th century and throughout the 17th. It is very likely that the reason it took on such significance in England was because of the Reformation and the need for the king to express and develop a right over the church as part of the process of breaking away from Rome. But the original idea may have come in from France via Scotland and James I.

But the idea of the significance of the anointing of a king is of course much, much older. And the Queen takes her coronation oath very seriously indeed.
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