In 816 took place the first royal coronation in Reims, the one of Louis le Pious. The ceremony which lasted generally five hours used to take place in Notre-Dame Cathedral, as long ago as the Cathedral was built. It was followed by the coronation banquet in the Tau palace and a pilgrimage to the tomb of the bishop Remi, in the Basilica which bears his name. The most memorable coronation remains the one of the Dauphin Charles VII being lead into Reims by Joan of Arc on the 17th of July 1429 after the raising of the siege of Orleans. In total, 33 kings got crowned in Reims, the last one being Charles X in 1825.
In the Middle Ages, Reims prospered with its sheets and cloth and other textile products on the fairs in the South of the region Champagne and by dealing with the Hanseatic League. The expansion of the Champagne wine from the reign of Louis XIV onwards completed the range of its productions.
Two of the most celebrated children of the City are Jean-Baptist Colbert, General Controller of Finance of Louis XIV and Jean-Baptist de La Salle, precursor of the modern pedagogy, who both were born in the XVII century.