Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Wolsey's Portable Sundial

It is a bit difficult to see what that golden thing to the left actually is and when it was made it was quite a marvel as well. It is a portable sundial that belonged to Cardinal Wolsey. The symbol of the Bishop of York and Wolsey's "Cardinal" symbol is engraved on the sundial.

At the time of its creation, technology was fascinating and many people were very interested in every science imaginable. It can only be imagined that the sundial is such an object that Henry VIII would have confiscated when Wolsey fell from power and the King confiscated the Cardinal's belongings.

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