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The Iron Crown of Lombardy

Why did nobody tell me previously about this amazing object I've just stumbled upon*?  Someone tell me it actually exists and is not just in Wikipedia?  Even its name is wondrous!

A crown from 700-780? Old enough for Charlemagne to have worn (if he did, which I'm very dubious about)?  Decorated with a hammered-out Nail of the True Cross which is mysteriously non-magnetic?  Used to be an arm-ring?  And what does Wikipedia mean, two sections were lost?  Lost HOW?  

Anyone know any good sources to find out more???

*YES I was working.  Though I'm buggered if I can remember what exactly at, it must have been a truly impressive clicktrail of distractions.

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parrot_knight
7th Sep, 2011 11:40 (UTC)
Yes, I'm sure it exists - I've come across it several times over the years. I think Napoleon was crowned king of Italy with it, too - he was a mediaevalist at heart...
bunn
7th Sep, 2011 15:26 (UTC)
Yay!

Well, yay to confirmation it exists. Not so much yay to Napoleon. I never have had much time for Napoleon even if he did have hankerings to be Holy Roman Emperor.
lil_shepherd
7th Sep, 2011 11:47 (UTC)
I have heard of it before, but have never done any sort of research on it.
king_pellinor
7th Sep, 2011 12:00 (UTC)
The film is worth watching - I remember finding it on the TV a few years ago when making some costume.
bunn
7th Sep, 2011 15:31 (UTC)
It has a *film*?

I tried to google the film and came up - well not empty, because I have found this

truly this is a day of remarkable discoveries.
king_pellinor
7th Sep, 2011 16:05 (UTC)
It's not so much "The Film Of The Crown" as "From the man who made The Trains Run On Time comes La Corona di Ferro, starring The Iron Crown as IC McGuffin". But it's fun :-)
ladyofastolat
7th Sep, 2011 13:07 (UTC)
What with you stumbling upon it, and Parrot Knight coming across it several times, I'm imagining it as lurking in bushes, or mysteriously apparating on the hearth rug in the morning, perhaps as a portent of portentous happenings.

I can't pin down info onquite
ladyofastolat
7th Sep, 2011 13:10 (UTC)
Oops. Pressed Post on my phone before ready

I can't pin down clearly how big this thing is, but I have a nice imagine of big important emperors being solemnly crowned with a TEENY TINY crown.
bunn
7th Sep, 2011 13:15 (UTC)
With a veil! Dont' forget the holes thought to be for attaching a veil! :-DDDDDD
endlessrarities
17th Sep, 2011 09:23 (UTC)
Out of my area of interest, unfortunately. If it was Bronze Age, I might be able to help!
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