Parts of the body or clothing of a saint or martyr or other person considered holy. They were an important part of religious life in this period. Small parts were particularly favoured, such as a finger, leg bone or part of a skull. Pieces of the Cross were esp. valued. Pilgrims would return to England having bought a relic as a memento of their journey and a sign of their faith. -

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