The Lost Choir, royal tombs and Liturgy of Dunfermline Abbey, Fife

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History Scotland
Wednesday, 29 March 2023 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
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Dr Michael Penman presents findings from a pioneering research project at Dunfermline Abbey.

This 45-minute presentation will outline new perspectives on the lost choir of the Benedictine Abbey of Dunfermline in Fife, by combining the results of ground-penetrating radar surveys conducted 2016-22 with archival and liturgical research.

It offers a fuller understanding of the development of this abbey’s choir chapels, saintly shrines and royal mausoleum c.1150-c.1560, as the Scottish kingdom’s equivalent to Westminster or St Denis, as well as of its fate since the destructive Reformation.

Although this research will raise questions about the ‘Bruce grave’ and remains discovered in the choir ruins in 1818, it will also present evidence that in many other ways this great church was significantly venerated and shaped by Robert the Bruce and his generation.

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