55. EDWARD II: CORONATION OATH (1308)
"Sire, will you grant and keep and by your oath confirm to the people of
England the laws and customs given to them by the previous just and god-fearing
kings, your ancestors, and especially the laws, customs, and liberties granted
to the clergy and people by the glorious king, the sainted Edward, your
predecessor?" "I grant and promise them."
"Sire, will you in all your judgments, so far as in you lies, preserve
to God and Holy Church, and to the people and clergy, entire peace and concord
before God?" "I will preserve them."
"Sire, will you, so far as in you lies, cause justice to be rendered
rightly, impartially, and wisely, in compassion and in truth?" "I will do
"Sire, do you grant to be held and observed the just laws and customs
that the community of your realm shall determine, and will you, so far as in
you lies, defend and strengthen them to the honour of God?" "I grant and
(French) Statutes of the Realm, I, 168.
 This is the form actually followed at the coronation of
Edward II, but the record provides an alternative in Latin to be used "if the
king is literate." It is also stated that the archbishop of Canterbury put the
questions before the king was crowned; and, after he had given his oral
responses, he personally swore on the altar that he would keep all his
promises. See B. Wilkinson, in Historical Essays in Honour of James Tait,
pp. 405 f.