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It may also be of significance that by this period Cologne itself had become
one of the pre-eminent penitential pilgrimages in Europe; a plenary
indulgence had already been instituted in 1394, presumably to encourage
pilgrimages to that city. Some time back, a kind member of this list drew my
attention to the volume entitled *Beschryvanghe des aflayes und heyldoms
dysser wyrdiger Stat Colne*, published in 1492, which listed all the
benefits which could be obtained by visiting Cologne. Presumably the
combination of Ursula and her 11,000 virgins AND the Three Kings  themselves
played no small part in this.

It's interesting that the little village of Llangwyryfon, in Ceredigion, has
one of the few church dedications to the Virgins.

Best,

Paul



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Dear Pat,
This is an entirely off-the-cuff reply to your question, but I can't help
having the
feeling that export of the relics of the 11,000 Virgins (of which there
were, of course,
potentially a virtually unlimited supply) was escalating quite widely at
this time.
There are an awful lot of splendid head reliquaries of the Cologne Virgins
all over
Europe.  Often this traffic seems to have combined with that of the Theban
Legion,
of which Cologne possessed an indefinite squadron, eg. St Gereon.
Undoubtedly, someone else on the list will know more than I about such
relics.
There may be some connection, as well, with the pilgrimage to the shrine of
the
Three Magi in Cologne Cathedral, which certainly extended as far as England.
What better souvenir to bring back from a pilgrimage to Cologne than an
easily
accessible relic or two!
Cheers,
Jim Bugslag

On 21 Jul 2004 at 12:16, Patricia Cullum wrote:

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> Can anyone tell me whether there was anything interesting going on in
> relation to the promotion of the cult of the 11,000 virgins c.1400?  I
> have discovered that (St) Archbishop Richard Scrope promoted the cult to
> a feast of 9 Lessons in 1401 in York diocese. He says that the cult is
> already widely known elsewhere. I wondered whether this indicates a
> personal interest or he is responding to some stimulus. I have checked
> earlier posts from this list which indicate interest from Elizabeth of
> Schonau in C12th and Hans Memling's Ursula shrine of c.1480, but nothing
> in between. I am rather hoping that this is something he was doing off
> his own bat, but it would be useful to know if it wasn't.
>
> Dr Pat Cullum,
> Head of History,
> University of Huddersfield,
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