Coronation of King Charles III

Encounters with Kings Library Exhibition (29 April – 5 May)

Dates 29 Apr 2023 - 05 May 2023

Connect with Kings of the Past

Join us for this special exhibition in the Cathedral Library to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III.

Amongst the Cathedral’s thousands of ancient books and documents, there are many with connections to kings of the past. Come and visit this mini exhibition in our historic library to discover some of these treasures.

King James II at his coronation in 1685 from a book by Francis Sandford. The book describes the coronation in great detail including the procession to Westminster Abbey and the great feast held afterwards in Westminster Hall.


Highlights include a description of King Edward IV in the Cathedral Chapter House in May 1470,  a book by King Henry VIII for which the Pope awarded him the title ‘Defender of the Faith’, and an illustrated account of the coronation of King James II. You can also read about the legendary King Arthur in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s History of the Kings of Britain written in the 1100s.

The exhibition is open every day from Saturday 29 April to Friday 5 May 10.30-12.30 and 13.30-15.30, except Sunday 30 April, when it is only open 13.30-15.30.

Entry is included in the Cathedral’s normal admission.

Please note that the Library is only accessible via a 37 step spiral staircase and that as there is limited space in the Library you may be asked to queue for entry during busy periods. No dogs are allowed in the Library.