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Capella Clementina

von Boeselager, Dela. (2001). Capella Clementina: Kurfürst Clemens August und die Krönung Kaiser Karls VII [Elector Clemens August and the coronation of Emperor Charles VII ]. B. Schock-Werner & R. Lauer (Eds). B. Lambert (Trans.). Txt in german. In Studien zum Kölner Dom [Studies of the Cologne Cathedral series], vol. 8, 475 pages, 167 colour and black and white photos, 85 colour plates, 4 black and white plates. The Diocese of Aachen: Aachen (Germany).


In this book, Dela von Boeselager deals with liturgical vestments worn for the coronation of Karl Albrecht of Bavaria. This elector was expected to become the successor of the late emperor, who had died on 20th of October 1740. As soon as the elector's brother Clemens Augus, archbishop and elector of Cologne, realised that the majority of votes were for Karl Albrecht, he ordered the vestments for the coronation ceremony. This ceremony took place on the 12th of February 1742 in Frankfurt, Germany. The vestments were given later to the cathedral of Cologne.


Today most of these textiles are still preserved. There are 44 items, among them 22 robes with gold embroidery and an embroidedered throne used for the coronation. All the vestments were worn by all priests that participated in the coronation ceremonies.


For more information, please go to ANNE WANNER'S Textiles in History book review at:


For my friend Vincent (Jojo) Canlas whose skill and imagination can give these guys a run for their money!


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