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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26 February, 1564

Birth of Christopher Marlowe

Marlowe (d. 1594) was the most celebrated dramatist of his day - more highly regarded at the time than William Shakespeare

This corpulent monarch's nickname before taking the throne was 'Prinny'



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