Cookies Policy
X

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Female Religious as Collectors of Relics: Finding Sacrality and Power in the “Ordinary”

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

This chapter explores a number of aspects related to women's agency and power in the acquisition and use of specifically associative relics from the sixth through eleventh centuries. Beginning in the early Christian period, women seemed to have been especially drawn to the "pious" activity of acquiring relics, from reliquae (Latin) literally "things left behind". Sources describe women's enthusiastic acquisition of major corporeal relics, i.e. full bodies of saints, or portions of bodies; as well as the more accessible, associative relics, i.e. personal belongings of saints, contact, or second or third class relics, or brandea. Cloth coverings of saints' tombs were recognized as efficacious relics. The popularity of textile relics can also be seen in various miracle stories where the irreverent were punished by the saint for attempting to steal part of their garments or other pieces of cloth associated with the saint for their own use.

Keywords: cloth coverings; corporeal relics; early Christian period; female religious; saints

10.1163/9789004274167_011
/content/books/b9789004274167s011
dcterms_subject,pub_keyword
10
5
Loading

Sign-in

Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
     
    Where Heaven and Earth Meet — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation