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Eikon Basilike

A guide to rare editions of the Eikon Basilike and related materials held by Special Collections and University Archives at the University of Maryland.

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Latin Translations

  • Immota, Trivmphans — "Unmoved, Triumphant" (scroll around the rock);
  • Clarior é tenebris — "Brighter through the darkness" (beam from the clouds);
  • Crescit Sub Pondere Virtvs — "Virtue grows beneath weights" (scroll around the tree);
  • Beatam & Æternam — "Blessed and Eternal" (around the heavenly crown marked Gloria ("Glory"));
  • Splendidam & Gravem — "Splendid and Heavy" (around the Crown of England, removed from the King's head and lying on the ground), with the motto Vanitas (“Vanity”); 
  • Asperam & Levem — "Bitter and Light", the martyr's crown of thorns held by Charles; contains the motto Gratia ("Grace");
  • Coeli Specto — "I look to Heaven";
  • In Verbo Tvo Spes Mea — "In Thy Word is My Hope";
  • Christi Tracto — "I entreat Christ" or "By the word of Christ";
  • Mundi Calco — "I tread on the world".