I'm on the mailing list of NewYorkCarver.com, which every week or so sends a
list (by subject) of medieval websites. Everything from torture to medieval
gardening. It's a great plethora (sp?) of information, so I thought I'd let
you all know about it.
----- Original Message -----
From: JJ.reardon <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, March 31, 2000 7:19 PM
Subject: Re: More relic questions
> Dear Sophie,
> According to my book "Relics" by Joan Carroll Cruz, c. 1984 (an EXCELLENT
> book), it says: (verbatim, I scanned it in)
> A CLOTH believed to have served as the Baby Jesus' swaddling garment is
> kept in a unique reliquary in the shrine that Charlemagne built called Aix
> La Chapelle in Aachen, Germany.
> The city of Aachen was made the capital of the empire by Charlemagne and
> remained the capital of the Holy Roman Empire until the middle of the
> century. Thirty-seven German emperors were crowned there. When Charlemagne
> built the cathedral, he took pride in securing for it many important
> from the Holy Land and Rome. One of the most valued o£ these was the cloth
> believed to have been worn by the Infant Jesus.
> The golden reliquary, whose hollow encloses the relic, depicts the
> Presentation in the Temple. Called the Reliquary Shrine for the Arm of St.
> Simeon, the shrine was built to house the bone of the saint, but actually
> enshrines the Holy Cloth. On one side of the small short-legged,
> table is a golden figure of the Blessed Mother with her outstretched
> holding the two doves of the temple offering. On the opposite end is the
> golden figure of Simeon with his outstretched arms holding a figure of the
> Infant Jesus.
> The relics in the cathedral are carefully guarded and were seldom exposed
> to public veneration before the 14th century. Since then they have been
> shown on an average of once every seven years, when great pilgrimages
> to Aachen to venerate them.
> Hope it helps,
> Wendy Reardon
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Sophie Oosterwijk <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Friday, March 31, 2000 8:55 AM
> Subject: More relic questions
> > Dear listmembers,
> > As some of you were extremely helpful when I floated my previous
> > question, I feel bold enough to ask another one on a related topic.
> > I have just returned from Rome where I visited S. Maria Maggiore with
> > its remains of the True Manger. However, I had read somewhere that
> > this church also housed a relic of Christ's swaddling clothes but
> > found no trace of them. An alternative church to possess this relic
> > is said to be S. Anastasia but to my great annoyance it was closed
> > for restoration. (Just my luck: my first visit to Rome, and not
> > only the Pope missing but also my favourite relic!)
> > So, having failed to find the answer to my question in Rome,
> > perhaps someone on the list could help me find the true whereabouts
> > of Christ's swaddling clothes in Rome? I know there is a similar
> > relic in Aachen, and Byzantium also possessed one or more parts of
> > these clothes. If anyone knows of any other Holy Swaddling Clothes,
> > I should be very interested to hear from them off the list (as I am
> > still in e-limbo).
> > With many thanks in advance,
> > Sophie Oosterwijk
> > ------
> > Dr Sophie Oosterwijk MA
> > Dept of the History of Art
> > University of Leicester
> > e-mail: [log in to unmask]