Political meaning of the Holy Blood in medieval Europe

Political meaning of the Holy Blood in medieval Europe

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Political meaning of the Holy Blood in medieval Europe

Tran-Duc, Lucile (Université de Caen Basse-Normandie)

Tabularia « Études », n° 8, (2008)


In the Middle Ages, Holy blood relics were frequently translated, first between the Orient and the West, later throughout Europe. Quite often the aristocracy played a major role in the process of translation. This observation prompts the question as to the nature of the aristocracy’s interest in Christ’s remains. As shall be discussed, at the time such remains were imbued with considerable political meaning.


Au cours du Moyen Âge, les reliques du Précieux Sang font l’objet de nombreuses transla- tions entre Orient et Occident puis dans l’ensemble de l’Europe. Bien souvent, les grands y jouent un rôle majeur. Ce constat doit conduire à s’interroger sur l’intérêt qu’ils portent à ces restes du Christ. Comme on le verra, ceux-ci revêtent une lourde signification politique.

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