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Shouldn't there be more emphasis on the fact that Napoleon chose to crown himself as opposed to being crowned by the pope as was customary? Also, the Napoleon article says, "The story that Napoleon seized the crown out of the hands of Pope Pius VII during the ceremony to avoid his subjugation to the authority of the pontiff is apocryphal; the coronation procedure had been agreed in advance." --184.108.40.206 (talk) 05:47, 4 July 2012 (UTC)
That article provides no reference for this claim. I've slapped on a "citation needed". Qwertyus (talk) 15:00, 28 August 2012 (UTC)
I've always been puzzled by the crowning part of the ceremony. I've seen the crown made for Napoleon's coronation and it is a small, rather insignificant object. Not in the least beautiful or impressive - indeed it looks slightly absurd. We know that the emperor wore a gold laurel wreath (invoking memories of ancient Rome) so how was the Christian crown worn. A recent movie shows Napoleon (still wearing the wreath) holding the little crown symbolically over his head for a few moments. Perhaps this is what actually happened. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 06:53, 26 June 2014 (UTC)