The Empty Reliquary

December 16, 2013

According to The Telegraph:

…the Stone of Scone…ripped from the chair made for it

…the Lord Chancellor…ignored the donation of the stone by Edward I in 1297 to the shrine of Edward the Confessor. The chair then made for it, still surviving, was used liturgically there by priests during Mass.

When Edward III…tried to give the stone back to Scotland in 1328, the Abbot of Westminster refused to hand it over. It was chained to the floor to stop unauthorised removal.

Since its restoration last year, the chair has never looked so venerable and dignified, despite the emptiness of the compartment for the stone.

To read the entire article in The Telegraph, please click here.

Coronation Chair and Stone of Scone. Anonymous Engraver. Published in "A History of England (1855)

Coronation Chair and Stone of Scone. Anonymous Engraver. Published in “A History of England” (1855)

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