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The Coronation of King Charles
By: Nicholas Hagger - O Books, $12.95

Description: In King Charles the Wise, Nicholas Hagger celebrated Prince Charles’s humanitarian vision and foresaw the birth of a united world. In The Coronation of King Charles he celebrates the coming Carolingian Age.

The hope is that all the divisions within the UK and problems of humankind will be resolved under a new democratic World State working to abolish war, enforce disarmament, combat famine, disease and poverty, and solve the world’s environmental and ecological problems of climate change and global warming; and that King Charles, Head of a Commonwealth of 53 nation-states, will work to bring his humanitarian vision to all the world’s nations.

Verdict: Following the tradition of Ben Jonson’s 17th-century court masques in verse and of his own masques The Dream of Europa and King Charles the Wise, which incorporate the blend of mythology and history and five sections (prologue, antimasque, masque, revels and epilogue) found in all masques author Nicholas Hagger sets the third masque in his trilogy in London’s Banqueting House, where masques were performed before James I.

This coronation masque contains three pageant entertainments that are viewed by King Charles before his coronation and contrast the disorder and political chaos before his reign with the order and harmony of his new Carolingian Age.

His philosopher-King’s concern to benefit the lot of all humankind is applauded by the Universalist God of the One who assumes protean forms - the gods of all faiths including Biblical Israel’s Yahweh and Olympian Zeus - and cares for all creation, and watches over him.

King Charles, co-author of Harmony, is shown as presiding over what promises to be an Age of Universal Harmony.

Hagger’s incorporation and subsequent blend of mythology and history here is, as always, and without fail, allows the reader to enter unto a quite wondrous, if not acutely stylized adventure.

With his questions filtering onward from the propositions and ponderings associated with both Brexit and Britian’s potential role in a more united world, Hagger demonstrates an excellent grip on the current economic state of play within the country, along with a broader understanding of what it will take to get the country (hopefully seamlessly) transitioned into becoming at one with others under the umbrella of a democratic world state within the next hundred years (or more).

About the Author - Nicholas Hagger is the author of more than 50 books that include a substantial literary output and innovatory works within history, philosophy, literature and international politics and statecraft.

As a man of letters he has written over 2,000 poems, two poetic epics, five verse plays, 1,200 short stories, two travelogues and three masques. His archive of papers and manuscripts is held as a Special Collection in the Albert Sloman Library at the University of Essex.

In 2016 he was awarded the Gusi Peace Prize for Literature, and in 2019 the BRICS silver medal for Vision for Future. He lives in Essex, UK.

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