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A study of the beautifully crafted medieval reliquaries that enshrined holy relics, and their wider historical, cultural, political and religious context. Drawing on three major museum holdings, as well as featuring iconic pieces from other international public and private collections, this book looks at the phenomenon of holy relics in the Middle Ages. Thematic essays and object entries by leading scholars trace the history and development of the cult of relics, from its beginnings in late Roman funerary practices to its rise in both Byzantine East and the West. Exhibition: British Museum, London, 23 June - 9 October 2010; Cleveland Museum of Art, 17 October 2010 - 16 January 2011; Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, 13 February - 15 May 2011.