Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage

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The Enger reliquary is one of the finest pieces of Carolingian metal work. It is now empty, but is said to have contained a tooth of St Dionysius. However, its popularity has derived above all from the idea that it was a christening present given by Charlemagne to Saxon leader Widukind in 785 This idea was first suggested by de Linas, who applied a passage from the Annales Mosellai on the reliquary: "Widukind tot malorum auctor ac perfidie incentor, venit cum sociis suis ad Attinacho palacio, et ibidem baptiatus est, et domnus rex suscepit eum a fonte ac donis magnifics honoravit" (Emaillerie).…

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Hiram Kümper, “Enger”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage. Consulted online on 04 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emp_SIM_000173>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004181298, 20091023

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