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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V. WESTMINSTER ABBEY. The following day brings you within not only vastly more noted but widely different walls, and the name of "Westminster Abbey" will at once find its niche in your memory as you recall its history, the sacredness of the associations, the admiration, nay, reverence, in which you hold the names there indelibly recorded. With arms folded, one looks upon its massive proportions and feels an ambition achieved. In the absence of any service being held, you yet involuntarily uncover in the presence of ages of history. On each succeeding one of a number of visits we realize more its vastness and its inexhaustible store of treasure. Tread softly, for beneath these stones on which you step may rest the bones of one of the world's noblemen. The Kings' Chapels are only open certain days in the week; they are separate tombs or burial-places set apart for the sovereigns of England. Probably among the most interesting is that of Edward the Confessor, the original founder of the Abbey, although records show a church had been erected by the Danes on the present site as early as the seventh century; the chapel itself dates six centuries back. Right here we see the old coronation chair, under the seat of which is placed the "stone of Scone," the emblem of the power of the Scottish princes. Tradition records it as being once used by the patriarch Jacob for a pillow. It was brought to London at the close of the thirteenth century in token of the complete subjection of Scotland; every English monarch (including the present one) since that time has been crowned in this chair. It is a plain, time-used looking piece of furniture, with high back, square seat, and arms the same. Not attractive, but every grain of the wood is filled with history. The Chap...
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