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The barons are back, baby!

Annnnd it’s Friday. Lord help you people if someone died because I ain’t doing a Dead Pool until I’m back.

Zo! If they don’t sit at the monarch’s right hand at dinner and they don’t carry a canopy, is there any point inviting the Barons of the Cinque Ports to the coronation? Victoria didn’t think so, so she didn’t.

The Barons yelped like scalded hounds. When the old gal popped her clogs at last, the Mayor of Rye brought their grievance to the Court of Claims. Which is, believe it or not, a special court that decides who gets to do what at a coronation.

The court ruled somewhat in their favor – they had a right to attend but they don’t get to do anything. So, yes, the Barons of the Cinque Ports will be there tomorrow. The barons will all be the mayors, looks like. They’re pretty ordinary men and women nowadays – we’ve chatted with some of them at village fêtes – but they do have spiffy costumes for special occasions.

I doubt we’ll watch the coronation live, but we’ll probably watch the recap. Modern Brits are awfully good at pulling off this pageantry stuff (I say modern Brits – if you followed any of the links to coronations past, there were plenty of screwups).

p.s. Astonished to see someone has published a series of bodice-rippers feature the Barons of the Cinque Ports.


Comment from BJM
Time: May 5, 2023, 3:33 pm

I doubt I’ll watch live either, it’s just too early. I will not, however, watch any of the American coverage with their ignorant, woke, politically-motivated nitwits blathering.

Perhaps Sky News Australia with Piers and their snarky news team would be fun.

I do pray that none of the ratbags carry out their plan to spook the horses with rape alarms. Injured horses and bystanders would certainly turn the populace against them and their hair-brained causes.

BTW If you are interested in Medieval history, Bradbury also wrote another excellent book “The Capetians: Kings of France 987-1328” about the beginnings of the European Monarchy.

Comment from ExpressoBold Pureblood
Time: May 5, 2023, 6:13 pm

Does Bradbury have any new information about Eleanor of Aquitaine (c. 1122 – 1 April 1204)? She must have really been something!

Too bad portrait art was so primitive back then otherwise we might have an idea of what about her drove men nuts.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: May 5, 2023, 11:29 pm

Once Bonnie New Charlie takes the throne could we discuss sending some Red Coats round to replay the party they held here in August of 1814? There’s a city that wants mostly peaceful burning.

As for Eleanor, she could probably golf, and I’m going with her probably possessing huge tracts of land!

@BJM – yes I expect the breathless and ignorant American media will be just full of stupid comments, and themselves. They can’t manage to get roughly 400 years of American history right, let alone the 1000 plus years of English history and traditions.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: May 6, 2023, 10:38 am

Watching the coronation. Amazing really.

And evilly gleeful that the Beeotch of Sussex isn’t present, and the broadcast hasn’t mentioned her or her self isolated royal sock puppet husband at all.

I hope King Charles does well, he has huge shoes to fill.
God Save your King.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: May 6, 2023, 2:15 pm

In case you weren’t already missing Her Majesty:


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