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 Coronation ChairCor’onet. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Cor’oner
 
means properly the crown-officer. In Saxon times it was his duty to collect the Crown revenues; next, to take charge of Crown pleas; but at present to uphold the paternal solicitude of the Crown by searching into all cases of sudden or suspicious death. (Vulgo, crowner; Latin, coro’na, the crown.)   1
       
“But is this law?
       
Ay, marry, is’t: orowner’s quest law.”
       
Shakespeare: Hamlet, v. 1.
 


 Coronation ChairCor’onet. 

 
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