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The Black Rood - rediscovering Scotland’s Anglo-Saxon crown jewel

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The Black Rood - rediscovering Scotland’s Anglo-Saxon crown jewel

Wednesday 23 January, 5:30pm

The Black Rood of Scotland was a royal reliquary of the True Cross which once had the same status as the Stone of Destiny. Almost certainly the origin of the name Holyrood, the Black Rood was brought to Scotland in 1068 by St Margaret when she became queen to Malcolm III. The Black Rood was captured alongside the Stone of Destiny by England’s Edward I and eventually presented to Durham Cathedral where it disappeared during the Reformation. In this talk, author David Willem tells the story of this now-almost-forgotten crown jewel and raises the intriguing possibility that it might still exist.

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