There are two Bishop’s depicted, the Archbishop of York, Aldred, who performed the ceremony (after Stigand the Archbishop of Canterbury had refused) and Geoffrey, Bishop of Coutances who translated into Norman French. The other figures are William’s bodyguard, who I am assuming would be there – William went to the Coronation expecting trouble and had a large retinue of armed men. Who seemed to be pretty edgy, as when a cheer went up for the new King, mistook it for a cry of alarm and started attacking onlookers and firing the nearby houses.
I have drawn out the scene on tracing paper and I am now ‘pushing it through’ using homemade charcoal paper onto acrylic paper that I have stretched onto MDF board. This is then given a light coat of gesso.