...in which I share some of my favorite medieval research resources and methods for the benefit of others interested in also writing about the Middle Ages

Monday, November 5, 2012

Medieval Word of the Day

Relics: objects venerated as sacred from their association with a saint or martyr.

Reliquary: a container where relics are stored.

Many reliquaries were elaborately decorated. Here's one example of an early medieval reliquary dated from the 7th Century:

You can see another example that I shared with my readers on my JDP NEWS blog: What Am I Writing Now?


Brandy B aka Brandlwyne said...

That is very cool. What did they keep in this one???


Joyce DiPastena said...

We don't know now. It could have been a lock of a saint's hair or one of their bones or teeth or a piece of clothing that they wore, pretty much anything associated with a saint that would fit!