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Touching the holy: the rise of contact relics in medieval England

Citation: Browett, Rebecca (2016) Touching the holy: the rise of contact relics in medieval England. Journal of Ecclesiastical History . ISSN 0022-0469 (Submitted)

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This article explores the use and promotion of contact relics in medieval England. It argues that by the late eleventh and early twelfth century, large English monastic houses were uncomfortable with unauthorised individuals touching high status corporeal relics and so re-introduced and promoted contact relics as alternative objects of veneration. It argues that contact relics were an important aspect of English saints' cults until the reformation, in a similar manner to Celtic and Brittonic cults.

Creators: Browett, Rebecca and
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Subjects: History
Divisions: Institute of Historical Research
Dates:
  • 26 June 2016 (accepted)

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