Christmas 1950: Stolen, the Stone of Scone

In 1296, King Edward I, who earned himself the nicknames, ‘Hammer of the Scots’ and ‘Longshanks’, deposed Scottish King John Balliol and brought the ‘Stone of Scone’ from Scotland to London where it was given pride of place under a specially made Coronation Chair in Westminster Abbey.  It stayed in Westminster Abbey for over 650 years until Christmas Day 1950, when it vanished. The Stone … Continue reading Christmas 1950: Stolen, the Stone of Scone

The Christmas Coronation of William the Conqueror 

William the Conqueror was crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey on Christmas Day 1066. He was born the illegitimate son of Robert I, Duke of Normandy, and his mistress Herleva in 1027.  His invading Norman army defeated King Harold II at the Battle of Hastings to take the English crown on 14 October 1066. It is pretty definite that 1066 is THE most famous … Continue reading The Christmas Coronation of William the Conqueror