The ordines coronationis are essentially the scripts for the coronation of Frankish and French sovereigns. Combining detailed religious, ceremonial, and political material, they are an extraordinarily important source for the study of individual rulers or dynasties, as well as for the study of kingship, queenship, and the evolution of political institutions. Complete in two volumes, Richard A. Jackson's is the first full edition of these texts, including all the ordines from the early thirteenth century through the end of the fifteenth century, a period during which the texts shift from Latin to the vernacular, and the institutions of kingship become distinctively French.
"Jackson has undertaken the monumental task of consulting every extant manuscript and available printed version of these ordines and produced an important resource for scholars interested in the notions of kingship and queenship."—French History
"This book makes an important body of material widely accessible to scholars for the first time. The inclusion of queens' ordines is especially welcome."—English Historical Review