Category Archives: relics

Unused Settings: Aachen, the Imperial City of Germany

I’ve mentioned Aachen in a couple of recent blog posts, and I figure it’s time this beautiful city got its own entry although, alas, it will not appear in my book. I had the opportunity to visit a couple of … Continue reading

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Relics in the Middle Ages: The Crucifixion

In honor of Easter, which many folks will be observing this weekend, I wanted to look a little more deeply at the role of relics in the Middle Ages.  It’s no secret that medievals were a little mad for relics.  … Continue reading

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The Bones of the Magi

In my Dark Apostle series about medieval medicine and magic, my secret society of witches refers to themselves as “Magi,” (singular:  magus)  from the Persian word for one with knowledge of Oriental magic and astrology (according to my OED).  Interestingly, … Continue reading

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Healing Blood in the Middle Ages

So yesterday morning I was lounging around, watching my blood come and go, and wondering what to blog about. . . I was visiting my favorite vampires down at the Red Cross Donation Center, where I donate platelets and plasma … Continue reading

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Saints Alive!

Newsweek magazine this week had a squib (a short article) about the politics of making saints, and in particular, the making of American saints.  Apparently, they’re still waiting on second miracles from folks like Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul. The … Continue reading

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Veronica’s Veil: Putting a Face on the Savior in the Middle Ages

Attended a talk yesterday about one of the most famed relics of the Catholic Church:  Veronica’s Veil, a cloth which bears the miraculous image of the face of Jesus.  As the story goes, when Jesus was carrying the cross, a … Continue reading

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