09/07/2018
Share this story Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Sole surviving copy of Mary Queen of Scots execution warrant to be housed in new Lambeth Palace Library

24242200-dd42-42f8-bae7-32a57213bd34

The only surviving copy of the warrant for the execution of Mary Queen of Scots will be housed in the new Lambeth Palace Library in London when it opens in 2020.

The new specialist public library will house the most important collection of religious works outside the Vatican Library, with treasures including the 9th-century MacDurnan Gospels, the Bible used at the coronation of the queen in 1953, and Invicta veritas, published by Thomas Abell, chaplain to Katherine of Aragon, on the unlawfulness of her divorce (1532).

The Lambeth Palace Library collections include more than 5,000 volumes of manuscripts and more than 200,000 printed books, along with nearly 10,000 linear metres of archives.

Ground breaking ceremony

Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony for the new library earlier this year, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (pictured) said: “This is an incredibly exciting moment. It marks the beginning of making sure that what the head of the National Archives described as “the second most important ancient library in Europe” – not just in the UK – gets a proper home: a home where it can be looked after, and where scholars can come and it can be used properly.”

The Archbishop said the library’s collection “tells us a huge amount about the history of the nation, particularly in the pre-Reformation period. And it testifies to generation after generation of disciples who loved and followed Jesus Christ. That speaks volumes about the centrality of faith in the life of the nation over its history.”
 
The new specialist building, in the grounds of Lambeth Palace, is expected to be completed and open to the public by the end of 2020. It will be designed to be as carbon neutral as possible. It will be the first new building on the site for over a century.
 
The building is scheduled to cost £23.5M to construct plus fitting out, fees and VAT. Architects Wright and Wright are responsible for this project, with construction being carried out by Knight Harwood Ltd.
 
Find out more about the new Lambeth Palace Library on the new website.

(images copyright Lambeth Palace Library)

Back to "Mary Queen of Scots" Category

09/07/2018 Share this story   Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Recent Updates

Scottish astronomer Williamina Fleming died - On this day in history

Pioneering Scottish female astronomer Williamina Fleming died on 21 May 1911.


The Battle of Nechtansmere was fought - On this day in history

The Battle of Nechtansmere (or Blar Dhun Neachdain) was fought on 20 May 685AD. ...


Spotlight on Moidart History Group

The Moidart History Group is a research group that exists to preserve and explore the history of the area, ...


Author and diarist James Boswell died - On this day in history

Author and diarist James Boswell died on 19 May 1795, at the age of 54. ...


Other Articles

Photographer David Octavius Hill died - On this day in history

Pioneering photographer David Octavius Hill died on 17 May 1870.


Scottish explorer Sir Alexander Burnes was born - On this day in history

Scottish explorer Sir Alexander Burnes was born on 16 May 1805.


Mary Queen of Scots married her third husband - On this day in history

Mary Queen of Scots married her third husband, James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell on 15 May 1567. ...


St Andrews Society of Golfers was founded - On this day in history

The St Andrews Society of Golfers was founded on 14 May 1754.