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Byzantine Ampullae

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Author(s): Kathryn Gerry
In addition to the deluxe reliquaries commissioned by monastic communities, bishops and wealthy members of the laity, smaller keepsakes were made for the masses of pilgrims who visited shrines across Europe, the Byzantine Empire and the Holy Land throughout the Middle Ages. Two common forms of such souvenirs were small vials called ampullae, and glass paste cameos. Ampullae were made to contain holy water or holy oil from a saint's shrine. These were usually made of lead or ceramic, and were cast in reusable molds. They often depicted the saint in que…

St Albans

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Author(s): Kathryn Gerry
St Albans never attained the status of major pilgrimage centers like Canterbury or Walsingham, but the cult of Alban and Amphibalus was actively maintained and promoted. Much was lost during the Reformation, but descriptions and fragments of the shrines survive, along with wall paintings and a unique loft overlooking the shrine chapel. In the 1120s, Abbot Geoffrey (r.1119-1146) commissioned a new reliquary shrine; it does not survive but is described in the Gesta Abbatum Monasterii Sancti Albani as being covered with gilded silver plates, with figures in high relief. Ab…


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Author(s): Kathryn Gerry
Demetrios was the patron saint of Thessalonika but was also popular among soldiers and members of the Komnenian and Palaiologan dynasties. His feast day is 26 October, and a seven-day festival was held in Thessalonika, during which pilgrims visited the shrine; the primary relic of the saint was lythron, the blood-soaked earth thought to have been taken from the site of his martyrdom, and in the twelfth century, sacred oil was collected at the saint's shrine. Eight reliquaries have survived that …

English Illuminated Vitae

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Author(s): Kathryn Gerry
Manuscripts containing illustrated Lives of Saints do not appear in England before c. 1100, though such hagiographical books were known on the continent in the tenth century; only a handful of English examples survive from the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. These manuscripts are often in a quarto format, and the text of the saint's vita is often grouped with liturgical texts and prayers (see also Liturgy and Pilgrimage). The illuminations are sometimes placed throughout the text, or sometimes grouped together at the start of the text. In the twelfth century, the extant illuminated vi…