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

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFeeling things
Subtitle of host publicationObjects and emotions through history
EditorsStephanie Downes, Sally Holloway, Sarah Randles
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9780198802648
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameEmotions in history
PublisherOxford University Press


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