Theft and Sale of Relics
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Inasmuch as Christianity is centered on the doctrine of the Incarnation, in which God became man, and given that its intercessory saints had largely been flesh-and-blood human beings, relics have played a major role in Christian devotion over the past 2,000 years. Whether associated with Jesus, as in fragments of the True Cross, or wit…

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Alfred Andrea, “Theft and Sale of Relics”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage. Consulted online on 17 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004181298, 20091023

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