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Romancing the stone: (E)motion and the affective history of the Stone of Scone


Marchant, A, Romancing the stone: (E)motion and the affective history of the Stone of Scone, Feeling things: Objects and emotions through history, Oxford University Press, S Downes, S Holloway, and S Randles (ed), Oxford, pp. 192-208. ISBN 9780198802648 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1093/oso/9780198802648.003.0012


The Stone of Scone is neither ornate nor decorative, but rather is plain, heavy, and unwieldy. Yet this stone’s plain appearance is not matched with a plain history; it has been stolen, broken, cracked, and chipped, blown up by Suffragettes, declared a fake, and is the subject of at least one symphony. This is a well-loved stone, but it is also a highly contested object due to its extraordinary function: it can transform men and women into kings and queens. Since time immemorial the stone was key to the inauguration of Scottish monarchs, and it was due to its monarch-making capabilities that the stone was stolen by the English king in 1296, and transported to Westminster Abbey, where it was incorporated into British coronation rituals. This chapter considers the stone’s significance in the context of material culture and emotions, tracing its long, affective history.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Stone of Scone, stone, contested object, inauguration, monarch-making, Westminster Abbey, British coronation ritual, material culture, emotion
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:European history (excl. British, classical Greek and Roman)
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Europe's past
UTAS Author:Marchant, A (Dr Alicia Marchant)
ID Code:127355
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2018-07-23
Last Modified:2019-02-07

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