Tra spiritus e mundus: la politica delle reliquie nell’azione di Udalrico vescovo-conte di Fermo


Relics are the tangible aspect of the sacred: the saint’s physical remains convey a spiritual dimension, which gives value to the body itself. In the Middle Ages, marked by a deep gap between mundus and spiritus, relics put these opposites into contact, becoming receptive to secular religiousness. As a counterpart of corporal humiliation, the veneration of holy remains is the mean through which body can be glorified. The worship of relics is also a political instrument at the time of the XIth century Reformation trends, as demonstrated by several acts of transfer and consecration made by Udalricus, bishop of Fermo.
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