A French King and a Magic Ring: The Girolami and a Relic of St. Zenobius in Renaissance Florence*

@article{Cornelison2002AFK,
  title={A French King and a Magic Ring: The Girolami and a Relic of St. Zenobius in Renaissance Florence*},
  author={Sally J. Cornelison},
  journal={Renaissance Quarterly},
  year={2002},
  volume={55},
  pages={434 - 469}
}
In 1482, the episcopal ring of St. Zenobius, patron of the Florentine see, was sent from Florence to France in the hope that it would cure the ailing King Louis XI. This secondary relic belonged to the Girolami, a banking and mercantile family that claimed to be related to the saint. The present study examines the use of St. Zenobius’ ring as a means of international and local diplomatic exchange. In addition, it traces the history of the Girolami's patronage of St. Zenobius’ cult and relics… Expand
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