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Coronation Spoon, 12th century, with Ampulla
The Coronation spoon is the only piece of the Coronation regalia to survive the melt of the Commonwealth. It was listed among St Edward's Regalia at Westminster Abbey in 1349, suggesting it has been connected with Coronations since an early date. The Ampulla is a vessel in the form of an eagle used for holding consecrated oil. Made for the Coronation of Charles II in 1661. The Sovereign is anointed with consecrated oil during the Coronation ceremony.
From: England Date: 1250-1300 & 1661
Material: Silver gilt & Gold
Size: 267 mm & 207 x 104 mm
The Coronation Pen
The Coronation Pen made by Francis J.C. Cooper. Used by Her Majesty The Queen to sign the Coronation Oath in Westminster Abbey.
From: England. Donated by the Scrivener's Company
Material: Ivory, enamel, gold and gemstone
Size: 230 mm
Treatise against Martin Luther, written by Henry VIII
Treatise on the subject of the defence of the seven sacraments against Martin Luther, written by Henry VIII (1491-1547). This treatise was written by Henry VIII defending the Catholic Church against Luther's Protestant teachings.
Material: Bound in dark brown calf
Size: 172 x 21 mm
Order of Service for the Coronation of William III and Mary II
Order of Service for the Coronation of William III (1650-1702) and Mary II (1662-1694). The Coronation service was revised in accordance with the new constitutional and protestant monarchy heralded by the joint reign of William III and Mary II. The service is signed by both the King and Queen.
Material: Bound in black morocco leather
Size: 173 x 117 x 10 mm
The Sanctuary by Sir Edwin Landseer
The Sanctuary by Sir Edwin Landseer (1803-1873). This painting reflects the more sentimental nature of religious imagery in the 19th century and symbolises the struggle of life and the peace of salvation.
From: England. Acquired by Queen Victoria as a birthday gift for Prince Albert
Material: Oil on canvas
Size: 918 x 1835 mm
Sword and scabbard presented to Edward VII by the Maharajah of Jaipur
Sword and scabbard set with 719 diamonds. Presented to Edward VII by the Maharajah of Jaipur.
Material: Gold, coloured enamel, diamonds, steel
Size: 885 mm (sword); 797 mm (scabbard)
More from Radio 4: The Divine Right of Kings
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Divine Right of Kings. The idea that a monarch could heal with his touch flowed from the idea that a king was sacred, appointed by God and above the judgement of earthly powers. The idea resided deep in the culture of 17th century Britain affecting the pomp of the Stuart Kings, the writings of Milton and Shakespeare and the political works of John Locke. It is a story that involves witches, regicide, scrofula, Macbeth, miraculous portraits and some of the greatest poetry in the English language.
More from Radio 4: Leonard Rosoman
Leonard Rosoman's career saw him travel the world as an Official War Artist in the Second World War. He is also a member of the Royal Academy, an illustrator and teacher. After the war Leonard went back to teaching, first in London then to Edinburgh College of Art in 1948, and later on to the Royal College of Art where he met his most memorable student - David Hockney.
More from Radio 4: The Dissolution of the Monasteries
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Henry VIII and the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Was Henry’s decision to destroy monastic culture in this country a tyrannical act of grand larceny or the pious destruction of a corrupt institution?
More from Radio 4: The Commission
The King James, or Authorised, Version of the Bible remains the most widely published text in the English language. It has been called the "noblest monument of English prose" and has been recognised for centuries as both a religious and literary classic. James Naughtie tells the story of how and why King James VI of Scotland and I of England decided on a new translation of the Bible.
Shakespeare - Stratford Chalice