Monarchy, religion and the state

Civil religion in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and the Commonwealth

By Norman Bonney

Monarchy, religion and the state
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  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-1154-8
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £90.00 (incl. VAT)
  • Published Date: May 2016
  • BIC Category: Politics & government, Politics, POLITICAL SCIENCE / General, Society & social sciences / Politics & government


This most thorough and contemporary examination of the religious features of the UK state and its monarchy argues that the long reign of Elizabeth has led to a widespread lack of awareness of the centuries old religious features of the state that are revealed at the accession and coronation of a new monarch. It is suggested that the next succession to the throne will require major national debates in each realm of the monarch to judge whether the traditional rituals which require professions of Christianity and Protestantism by the new monarch are appropriate, or whether they might be replaced by alternative secular or interfaith ceremonies.

It will be required reading for those who study the government and politics of the UK, Canada, Australia and the other 13 realms of the monarch. It will also appeal to as well as students and lecturers in history, sociology and religious studies and citizens interested in the monarchy and contemporary religious issues.


Norman Bonney is Emeritus Professor at Edinburgh Napier University


1. Secularisation, religion and the state
2. The evolution of the accession and coronation oaths
3. The installation and potential power of a new sovereign
4. What a day for England! The coronation of 1953
5. Parliamentary devolution, church establishment and new UK state religion
6. The next coronation: civil religion in the making
7. UK state Anglican multi-faithism and the Protestant monarchy
8. Monarchy and religion in Canada, Australia and the other realms
9. References

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