Crowning Ceremonial of Emperor Charles V

Crowning Ceremonial of Emperor Charles V

Bologna (Italy) — 1530

His gift to the last pope to crown an emperor: the coronation of Charles V as Holy Roman Emperor in words and pictures

  1. A Renaissance masterpiece was commissioned by Emperor Charles V (1500–58) to commemorate his historic coronation

  2. The texts recited at his 1530 coronation in Bologna are embellished with historiated initials and miniatures

  3. It was a gift to Pope Clement VII (1478–1534), the last pontiff to crown a Holy Rroman Emperor

Crowning Ceremonial of Emperor Charles V

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Crowning Ceremonial of Emperor Charles V

The Crowning Ceremonial of Emperor Charles V was created in 1530 and documents the ceremonial coronation of Charles V as Holy Roman Emperor. The historical manuscript was in the possession of Pope Clement VII and is decorated with valuable miniatures and Initials. Today the inestimably valuable original is located in the Vatican Library.

Crowning Ceremonial of Emperor Charles V

In 1530, an inestimably valuable historical document came into being, which documented the celebration of the coronation of Charles V as ruler of the Holy Roman Empire. The Crowning Ceremonial, which was commissioned by Charles V and presented to Pope Clement VII, marked a milestone in the history of Europe. The magnificent manuscript is bedecked with imaginative initials and valuable miniatures implemented in all kinds of ways. It contains texts that were recited during the ceremony. The Crowning Ceremonial is a work that satisfies the significance of its historical occasion.

The Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire

Charles V was a universal monarch, who was predominant over all other kings. He was the elected Holy Roman Emperor and was considered to be the guarantor of peace in Europe and the protector of the occident from the Ottomans. He saw himself as responsible for the protection and reform of the church. In the year 1530, he was the last German-Italian ruler to be officially crowned emperor by Pope Clement VII in Bologna. He was consequently ruler by the grace of God and ruled over a territory of unimaginable size, which encompassed territories from France across Spain to Portugal.

A Celebratory Document

The coronation of Charles V occurred as he stood at the highpoint of his political career. In the run-up to the celebrations he travelled to Italy. There he was received by Pope Clement VII, who would also crown him. Both of the political leaders prepared for the ceremony, which occurred on February 24, 1530, the 30th birthday of Charles V. Pope Clement VII was the last pope to crown an emperor. The ceremony, which only the most important lay and ecclesiastical princes of the time could participate in, was recorded in the valuable Crowning Ceremonial. Fantastic, sometimes full page miniatures and Latin text documented everything that was said and done during the ceremony. Large initials and colored bordures, which were bedecked with gold ornamentation, lend the pages a royal luster. The work, with its important political background and rich book decoration, constitutes an exceptional masterpiece of the Renaissance.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Krönungszeremoniale Kaiser Karls V.
Size / Format
40 pages / 33.0 × 24.0 cm
Origin
Italy
Date
1530
Language
Illustrations
Initials and full-page miniatures
Content
Texts and illumiations about the coronation ceremony in Bologna, on February 24, 1530
Previous Owners
Pope Clemens VII

Available facsimile editions:
Crowning Ceremonial of Emperor Charles V – Borg. lat. 420 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Belser Verlag – Zurich, 1989
Limited Edition: 1980 copies

Krönungszeremoniale Kaiser Karls V. (Luxury Edition)
Coron Verlag – Zurich, 2004
Limited Edition: 480 copies
Detail Picture

Crowning Ceremonial of Emperor Charles V

Opening Page Marginalia

This gift from the Emperor is full of papal imagery. E.g. a ruby-encrusted golden shield is presented at the bottom of this page crowned with a papal tiara and adorned with the crossed keys of the heirs of Saint Peter. Classically styled marginalia with pendants, torches, branches, and numerous other elements flank this papal emblem. The Latin text is written neatly in precious red ink and includes the year of this masterful and exemplary manuscript’s creation: 1530.

Krönungszeremoniale Kaiser Karls V. (Standard Edition)
Single Page

Crowning Ceremonial of Emperor Charles V

Coronation Miniature

King Charles I of Spain was crowned Holy Roman Emperor Charles V by Pope Clement VII in Bologna on February 22nd, 1530 making him the last emperor to receive a papal coronation. This historic event is depicted on this magnificent miniature page. Every square inch of this parchment sheet is artfully adorned and the golden tendril frame has the name and escutcheon of Pope Clement VII.

The sumptuous miniature depicts both pope and emperor in lavish garments: Clement wears his papal tiara and a somber expression while the kneeling Charles wears a cloth of gold robe. In a room lined with tapestries, they are surrounded by richly dressed nobles and cleric. One last interesting detail is the text, which is rendered as though it is written on a tattered piece of parchment.

Krönungszeremoniale Kaiser Karls V. (Standard Edition)
Facsimile Editions

#1 Krönungszeremoniale Kaiser Karls V. (Standard Edition)

Belser Verlag – Zurich, 1989
Crowning Ceremonial of Emperor Charles V – Borg. lat. 420 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Crowning Ceremonial of Emperor Charles V – Borg. lat. 420 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City) Copyright Photos: Ziereis Facsimiles

Publisher: Belser Verlag – Zurich, 1989
Limited Edition: 1980 copies
Binding: Red leather with gold applications and two clasps
Commentary: 1 volume (57 pages) by Bernhard Schimmelpfennig and Giovanni Morello
Language: German
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
Price Category: € (under 1,000€)
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#2 Krönungszeremoniale Kaiser Karls V. (Luxury Edition)

Coron Verlag – Zurich, 2004
Krönungszeremoniale Kaiser Karls V. (Luxury Edition)
Krönungszeremoniale Kaiser Karls V. (Luxury Edition) Copyright Photos: Ziereis Facsimiles

Publisher: Coron Verlag – Zurich, 2004
Limited Edition: 480 copies
Binding: Red leather with metal fittings
Commentary: 1 volume (57 pages) by Bernhard Schimmelpfennig and Giovanni Morello
Language: German
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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