The Coronation Chair and Stone of Scone: History, by Warwick Rodwell PDF

By Warwick Rodwell

ISBN-10: 1782971521

ISBN-13: 9781782971528

Constructed in 1297−1300 for King Edward I, the Coronation Chair ranks among the main impressive and invaluable treasures to have survived from the center a while. It integrated in its seat a block of sandstone, which the king seized at Scone, following his victory over the Scots in 1296. for hundreds of years, Scottish kings have been inaugurated in this symbolic ‘Stone of Scone’, to which a copious mythology had additionally turn into hooked up. Edward I awarded the Chair, as a holy relic, to the Shrine of St Edward the Confessor in Westminster Abbey, and so much English monarchs because the fourteenth century were topped in it, the final being HM Queen Elizabeth II, in 1953.

The Chair and the Stone have had eventful histories: as well as actual changes, they suffered abuse within the eighteenth century, suffragettes connected a bomb to them in 1914, they have been hidden underground in the course of the moment international warfare, and either have been broken by means of the crowd that sacrilegiously broke into Westminster Abbey and stole the Stone in 1950. It was once recovered and restored to the Chair, yet due to the fact 1996 the Stone has been exhibited on mortgage in Edinburgh Castle.

Now a bit of battered via age, the Chair used to be hugely ornate, being adorned with gilding, portray and colored glass. but, regardless of its profound old value, previously it hasn't ever been the topic of specified archaeological recording. in addition, the remainder fragile ornament was once wanting pressing conservation, which was once performed in 2010−12, followed by means of the 1st holistic learn of the Chair and Stone. In 2013 the Chair was once redisplayed to have a good time the Diamond Jubilee of the Coronation of HM The Queen.

The newest investigations have printed and documented the advanced heritage of the Chair: it's been converted on a number of events, and the Stone has been reshaped and lots more and plenty altered because it left Scone. This quantity assembles, for the 1st time, the complementary proof derived from historical past, archaeology and conservation, and provides a authentic account of the Coronation Chair and the Stone of Scone, now not as separate artefacts, yet because the entity that they've been for seven centuries. Their mixed value to the British Monarchy and country – and to the heritage and archaeology of the English and Scottish countries – is bigger than the sum in their parts.

Also released the following for the 1st time is the second one Coronation Chair, made for Queen Mary II in 1689. eventually, bills are given of some of the widespread reproduction chairs in Britain and Canada, besides a variety of the numerous types in steel and ceramic that have been made over the last centuries.

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