CORONATION OATH

CHARLES V

KING OF THE ROMANS

1520

  Charles V [Charles I of Spain] was crowned Holy Roman Emperor at Bologna in 1530.  He was the last Holy Roman Emperor to be crowned by a pope.

  This rendition is a ceiling fresco by Giorgio Vasari from the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.

  Each emperor had a crown made for the occasion.  Charles V’s crown clearly incorporates the miter within the imperial crown.

    Before the coronation, the emperor took the following oath:

The Archbishop of Cologne, Prince-Elector of the Holy Roman Empire:

“Will you hold and guard by all proper means the sacred faith as handed down to Catholic men?”

Charles V, King of the Romans, Emperor-elect:

“I will.”

The Archbishop of Cologne:

 “Will you be the faithful shield and protector of Holy Church and her servants?”

Charles V:

“I will.”

The Archbishop of Cologne:

 “Will you uphold and recover those rights of the realm and possessions of the Empire that have been unlawfully usurped?”

Charles V:

“I will.”

The Archbishop of Cologne:

 “Will you protect the poor, the fatherless, and the widowed?”

Charles V:

“I will.”

The Archbishop of Cologne:

 “Will you pay due submission to the Roman Pontiff and the Holy Roman Church?”

Charles V:

“I will.”