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Romanesque Saints, Shrines and Pilgrimage

1st Edition

Edited by John McNeill, Richard Plant


520 pages | 23 Color Illus. | 306 B/W Illus.

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The twenty-three chapters in this volume explore the material culture of sanctity in Latin Europe and the Mediterranean between c. 1000 and c. 1220, with a focus on the ways in which saints and relics were enshrined, celebrated and displayed.

Reliquary cults were particularly important during the Romanesque period, both as a means of affirming or promoting identity, and as a conduit for the divine. This book covers the geography of sainthood, the development of spaces for reliquary display, the distribution of saints across cities, the use of reliquaries to draw attention to the attributes, and the virtues or miracle-working character of particular saints. Individual essays range from case studies on Verona, Hildesheim, Trondheim and Limoges, the mausoleum of Lazarus at Autun and the patronage of Mathilda of Canossa, to reflections on local pilgrimage, the deployment of saints as physical protectors, the use of imagery where possession of a saint was disputed, island sanctuaries, and the role of Templars and Hospitallers in the promotion of relics from the Holy Land.

This book will serve historians and archaeologists studying the Romanesque period, and those interested in material culture and religious practice in Latin Europe and the Mediterranean c.1000-c.1220.

Table of Contents

Title page


Notes on Contributors


Colour Plates


The Lazarus Mausoleum at Autun Revisited

Neil Stratford

A re-præsentatio of Royal and Holy Bodies: The Monumental Tombs of Vienne Cathedral in their Liturgical Settings

Barbara Franzé

Heribert and Anno II of Cologne: Two Saintly Archbishops, their Cult, and their Romanesque Shrines

Susanne Wittekind

The Canonisation of Bernward and Godehard: Hildesheim as a Cultural and Artistic Centre in the 12th and 13th Centuries

Gerhard Lutz

A Garland of Saints: Romanesque Verona and the Evocation of Rome

Meredith Fluke

The Geography of Death: Tombs of Saints and Nobles in the Lands of the Canossas

Arturo Carlo Quintavalle

A Satirical Itinerary of Holy Bodies? Recommendations from The Pilgrim’s Guide

Rose Walker

The Pilgrimage Church of St Martin at Tours: The Building Project of the Treasurer Hervé (c. 1001-1022)and its Context

Richard Gem

Saint Martial of Limoges and the Making of a Saint

Claude Andrault-Schmitt

Local Hero: Saint Eusice at Selles-sur-Cher

Deborah Kahn

Extra-Mural Developments: The 11th-Century Reconstruction of St-Eutrope at Saintes

John McNeill

Stone, Image, Body: Constructing the Memory of Saint Dionysius in Regensburg

Michele Vescovi

Byzantine Echoes at the end of the 11th Century in the Kingdom of Aragon: Sancho Ramirez and the Relics of Saint Demetrios of Thessaloniki – Fact or Historiographical Fiction

Marta Poza Yagüe

Inventing a New Antiquity: The Reliquary-Altar Depicting the Martyrdom of Saint Saturninus at Saint-Hilaire d’Aude.

Manuel Castiñeiras

‘With Faithful Mind’: The Pilgrimage to Santo Domingo de Silos

Elizabeth Valdez del Álamo

Bradanreolice, Burryholms and Barry Island: Saints, Shrines and Island Pilgrimage Centres in the Severn Estuary

Jeremy Knight

Leo on the Margins? Reform, Romanesque and the Monastery on Inishark Island, Ireland

Ryan Lash

Three Hungarian Shrines from 1083: Canonisation, Politics and Reform

Béla Zsolt Szakács

The Royal and Christ-Like Martyr: Constructing the Cult of Saint Olav, 1030-1220

Øystein Ekroll

The ‘Forest of Symbols’ on the Romanesque Bronze Doors at Gniezno Cathedral

Tomasz Weclawowicz

Images in the Bayeux Tapestry and Rodes Bible: Reliquaries, Models and Meaning

Montserrat Pagès

Templars, Cults and Relics: The Cleveland Reliquary of the True Cross

Gaetano Curzi

Templars, Hospitallers and Canons of the Holy Sepulchre on the Way of Saint James: Building at the Service of Lay Spirituality

Javier Martinez de Aguirre


About the Editors

John McNeill teaches at Oxford University’s Department of Continuing Education, and is Honorary Secretary of the British Archaeological Association, for whom he has edited and contributed to volumes on Anjou, King’s Lynn and the Fens, the medieval cloister, and English medieval chantries. He was instrumental in establishing the BAA’s International Romanesque Conference Series and has a particular interest in the design of medieval monastic precincts.

Richard Plant has taught at a number of institutions, and worked for many years at Christie’s Education in London, where he was deputy academic director. His research interests lie in the buildings of the Anglo-Norman realm and the Holy Roman Empire, in particular in architectural iconography. He is Publicity Officer for the British Archaeological Association, and in addition to this volume co-edited the first and third volumes in the series; Romanesque and the Past and Romanesque Patrons and Processes.

About the Series

The British Archaeological Association Romanesque Transactions

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Subject Categories

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology