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Spectator reviews new book on the Coronation Chair

Thursday, 15th August 2013

Spectator reviews new book on the Coronation Chair

A review in The Spectator magazine on The Coronation Chair and the Stone of Scone has given the Coronation Chair “the comprehensive study it deserves” according to James Yorke, former curator in the V&A’s furniture department.

The new book which was published in June in time for the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen’s Coronation, has been written by Professional Warwick Rodwell, Consultant Archaeologist at Westminster Abbey, with supplementary chapters on its most recent conservation by Marie Louise Sauerberg, Conservator and its current display by Ptolemy Dean, Surveyor of the Fabric at the Abbey.

James Yorke writes: “Not only does the book cover the design, construction and decoration of the chair, but also the subsequent adaptations and mishandlings of both chair and stone, their hold on antiquarian and popular imagination, and all the political shenanigans of the 20th century.”

The book is published by Oxbow Books, priced £29.95 and is available from the Abbey shop.

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At different times of the day, or in different seasons, the light falling in the Abbey will light up something that you have walked past a million times and never seen before.


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