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Lance, Holy
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[German Version]

The Holy Lance is reputed to be the spear with which, according to John 19:34f., a soldier pierced the side of Christ. In the light of Matt 27:54 and the legend of the centurion in charge of the execution detail as the “first convert,” it is also called the Lance of Longinus. It was discovered by the empress Helena together with the cross of Christ (IV) and brought to Constantinople in 614, whence it came to the court of the French king Louis IX in 1241. Another Holy Lance was discovered in Antioch by Crusaders in 1098, but it was soon dismissed by contemporarie…

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Worm, Peter, “Lance, Holy”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_12656>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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