Arthur Albion‘s Today’s Memory
Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of the French
Originally shared by Arthur Albion
On this day, 2 December in 1804, Napoleon Bonaparte crowned himself Emperor of the French at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris in the presence of the Pope Pius VII. Wishing to establish the legitimacy of his Imperial reign, Napoleon designed a new coronation ceremony unlike the ceremony used for the kings of France. Napoleon brought together an assortment of different rites and customs, incorporating aspects of Carolingian tradition, the ancien régime and the French Revolution, all presented in sumptuous luxury.