Politics, diplomacy and the cult of relics in Venice and the northern Adriatic in the first half of the ninth century

  title={Politics, diplomacy and the cult of relics in Venice and the northern Adriatic in the first half of the ninth century},
  author={J. Osborne},
  journal={Early Medieval Europe},
  • J. Osborne
  • Published 2003
  • History
  • Early Medieval Europe
In early medieval Europe the cult of the saints emerged as a prominent focus for the construction of political identity. Corporeal relics became objects of importance, conferring status on their possessor; and, like other precious commodities, they frequently served as prestigious diplomatic gifts, useful for the fostering of political affiliations between donor and recipient. This strategic use of saints' cults is here examined with special regard to the region of the northern Adriatic. In the… Expand
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