Medieval History Term of the Week: Reliquary

Etymology: French reliquaire, from Medieval Latin reliquiarium, from reliquia relic

A chest, box, or shrine, often elaborately decorated, in which a saint’s relics were kept. Reliquaries were often the focal point of pilgrimages. (Lynch, Joseph H. The Medieval Church: A Brief History, 365)

*term definition retrieved from Netserf’s Medieval Glossary (

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