The Chester Pageant – July 18th to 23rd 1910
King Edgar on his imperial progress, with Queen Elfrida, receives the homage of tributary Princes, AD 973.
With the visit of King Edgar to Chester is associated one of the prettiest and most romantic incidents in Chester history.
Two years before the close of his peaceful reign, he had a splendid coronation at Bath at the hands of the masterful Dunstan, who’s those days was the power behind the throne. Then as King of the English and over-lord of many princes, Edgar came to Chester by sea, to receive the homage of those who held their titles under him. The ceremony in this City must have rivalled in brilliance and impressiveness even the crowning at Bath, by which it had been preceded. All the princes of the Isle of Albion came to render their homage and take their oaths of allegiance, and they themselves rowed Edgar in the Royal barge up the Dee to the Collegiate Church of St. John, where was witnessed a scene of splendour such as never had been known in these realms.