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Caskets of John the Baptist and Pelagius
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The casket of Saints John the Baptist and Pelagius was offered in 1059 by King Ferdinand I and his wife Sancha to the church of Léon dedicated to these saints. The date of the casket and the names of the monarchs as commissioners were included in an inscription on the lid, which is now lost but was mentioned in the sixteenth century by Ambrosio de Morales. The reliquary was created in the royal ivory workshop to house the jawbone of Saint John the Baptist, an anonymously donated relic which was already present in León i…

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Francisco de Asís García García, “Caskets of John the Baptist and Pelagius”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage. Consulted online on 30 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emp_SIM_000198>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004181298, 20091023

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