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December 4, 2010 / jmeuropeana

Today in Europeana: 4 December

On the 4th of December –
Council of Trent ends; Juliette Récamier born in Lyon; Bokassa crowned emperor.

In 1563 the Council of Trent (Concilium Tridentinum) is closed. This was a major gathering of Roman Cathiolic church leaders, discussing how to deal with the Reformation. Apparantly they had a lot to discuss: the Council started in the year 1545.
Generale, Concilium Tridentinum continens omnia quae ab initio vsquae [!] ad finem in eo gesta sunt.

Juliette Récamier, French socialite, was born in Lyon in 1777. She was married at fifteen to her natural father, thereby securing her inheritance. Later on she became the center of one of the major Paris literary and artistic ‘salons’. In that position it is not surprising that several stunning portraits of her were made:
Madame Récamier, née Julie (dite Juliette) Bernard (1777 - 1849) Buste de Juliette Récamier

Jean-Bédel Bokassa, president of the Central-African Republic, crowns himself emperor in 1977. The ceremony was inspired by the crowning of Napoleon Bonaparte that was featuerd on this blog two days ago.
Couronnement Bokassa 1er..

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