Illustrated Dictionary of British Churches - Reliquary Definition

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Reliquary

A container used to hold holy relics, usually of a saint. Generally only large churches, cathedrals, and monasteries would have such relics, and they would usually become popular pilgrimage destinations for people coming to pray to the saint in question. A reliquary could be practically any type of container, but were frequently ornately decorated chests of boxes, like the one on disply at St David's Cathedral in Wales. Many reliquaries were destroyed during the Reformation, and few that survived are on public display because they are so valuable.




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This war between England and Spain was ostensibly fought over Spanish mistreatment of an English sailor



30 November, 1554

Sir Philip Sidney born

Sidney (d. 1586) was a poet, soldier, and courtier, and one of the most famous and admired men of Elizabethan England. He was killed at the Battle of Zutphen, Netherlands.

This king erected memorials to mark places where his beloved wife's body rested on her final journey to burial in London



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