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A note on the Rheims Resurrection ‘reliquary’

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  29 November 2011


The ‘reliquary’ of the Resurrection which Henri II of France gave to the cathedral of Rheims on his coronation in 1547 still survives. It was long considered to have been made for that occasion, but recently M. Pierre Verlet has recognized both it and the ‘Nef de Sainte Ursule’, given to the cathedral by the same donor, as being works of earlier date furbished up for the occasion. The whole of the Resurrection ‘reliquary’, indeed, is late medieval except for the initials and crescent devices which Henri II caused to be added to it.

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Copyright © The Society of Antiquaries of London 1955

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page 52 note 1 See Tarbé, , Trésor des églises de Reims, 1842Google Scholar; Cerf, , Trésor de la Cathédrale de Reims, 1867Google Scholar; Darcel, in Gazette des Beaux-Arts, 1881, xxiii, p. 108Google Scholar; Molinier, and Marcou, , Exposition rétrospective de l'art français, 1900, p. 78Google Scholar. It was exhibited at the Royal Academy at the Exhibition of French Art, 1932, no. 568 M.

page 52 note 2 One is now missing.

page 52 note 3 See Karl Young, The Drama of the Medieval Church, Oxford, 1933, 2 vols.

page 52 note 4 Over a hundred survive. See Heales, Alfred, ‘Easter Sepulchres: their Object, Nature and History’, in Arch, xlii, 1869, p. 263Google Scholar.

page 53 note 1 Ed. Canon Fowler in Surtees Society, cvii, Durham (Surtees Society), London and Edinburgh, 1903, p. 11.

page 53 note 2 Nichols, J., A Collection of all the Wills … of the Kings and Queens of England, 1780, p. 47Google Scholar.

page 53 note 3 Dugdale, Monasticon, ii, p. 280, n. 1.

page 53 note 4 Ibid., vi, p. 1279; cited Heales, p. 263.

page 53 note 5 Reports and Papers of Archaeological Societies, xvii, Lincoln and York, 1883, p. 1Google Scholar.

page 53 note 6 At St. Peter Mancroft (Norfolk and Norwich Arch. Soc. Trans., xiv, 165) there was a silver-gilt image of Christ ‘with his wounds bleeding’, with a pyx in the breast, wearing a diadem and holding a cross, that may well have been of the same kind.

page 53 note 7 I have looked through the available printed royal inventories without result, but they are far from comprehensive.