St Pientia and the Château de la Roche-Guyon: Relic Translations and Sacred History in Seventeenth-Century France

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620095
Title:
St Pientia and the Château de la Roche-Guyon: Relic Translations and Sacred History in Seventeenth-Century France
Authors:
Hillman, Jennifer
Abstract:
This article seeks to explore the connections between the translation of an early Christian relic to the Château de la Roche-Guyon in the mid-seventeenth century and the writing of local sacred histories by the priest and prior Nicolas Davanne. It finds that the translation of a finger bone of St Pientia was the culmination of efforts by a local scholar to revive the sacred history of the Vexin and to celebrate the regional liturgical traditions associated with its early Christian martyrs. In doing so, it finds support for the recent historiography on local, sacred histories which emerged during the Counter-Reformation in response to liturgical standardization. The article also discusses the unstable nature of relics as material objects and explores the ways in which relics were continually reinvested with meaning. It is shown that Pientia’s relic was not only part of a defence of a local spiritual heritage in response to Trent, but also part of a claim to an early Christian spiritual heritage for a deviant and heretical movement within the Church.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Hillman, J. (2017). St Pientia and the Château de la Roche-Guyon: Relic Translations and Sacred History in Seventeenth-Century France. Studies in Church History, 53, 257-271. DOI: 10.1017/stc.2016.16
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Journal:
Studies in Church History
Publication Date:
26-May-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620095
DOI:
10.1017/stc.2016.16
Additional Links:
http://www.history.ac.uk/ehsoc/studies-in-church-history; https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/studies-in-church-history
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a published work that appeared in final form in Studies in Church History. To access the final edited and published work see http://www.history.ac.uk/ehsoc/studies-in-church-history. This manuscript may only be used for personal research and not further distributed.
ISSN:
2059-0644
Appears in Collections:
History and Archaeology

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dc.contributor.authorHillman, Jenniferen
dc.date.accessioned2016-09-13T14:11:20Z-
dc.date.available2016-09-13T14:11:20Z-
dc.date.issued2017-05-26-
dc.identifier.citationHillman, J. (2017). St Pientia and the Château de la Roche-Guyon: Relic Translations and Sacred History in Seventeenth-Century France. Studies in Church History, 53, 257-271. DOI: 10.1017/stc.2016.16en
dc.identifier.issn2059-0644-
dc.identifier.doi10.1017/stc.2016.16-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/620095-
dc.descriptionThis document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a published work that appeared in final form in Studies in Church History. To access the final edited and published work see http://www.history.ac.uk/ehsoc/studies-in-church-history. This manuscript may only be used for personal research and not further distributed.en
dc.description.abstractThis article seeks to explore the connections between the translation of an early Christian relic to the Château de la Roche-Guyon in the mid-seventeenth century and the writing of local sacred histories by the priest and prior Nicolas Davanne. It finds that the translation of a finger bone of St Pientia was the culmination of efforts by a local scholar to revive the sacred history of the Vexin and to celebrate the regional liturgical traditions associated with its early Christian martyrs. In doing so, it finds support for the recent historiography on local, sacred histories which emerged during the Counter-Reformation in response to liturgical standardization. The article also discusses the unstable nature of relics as material objects and explores the ways in which relics were continually reinvested with meaning. It is shown that Pientia’s relic was not only part of a defence of a local spiritual heritage in response to Trent, but also part of a claim to an early Christian spiritual heritage for a deviant and heretical movement within the Church.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherCambridge University Pressen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.history.ac.uk/ehsoc/studies-in-church-historyen
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/studies-in-church-history-
dc.subjectHistoryen
dc.subjectRelicsen
dc.subjectReligionen
dc.subjectFranceen
dc.titleSt Pientia and the Château de la Roche-Guyon: Relic Translations and Sacred History in Seventeenth-Century Franceen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalStudies in Church Historyen
dc.date.accepted2016-09-01-
or.grant.openaccessYesen
rioxxterms.funderFaculty ECR Grant, Hillman, 2014/15en
rioxxterms.identifier.projectFaculty ECR Grant, Hillman, 2014/15en
rioxxterms.versionAMen
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2017-05-26-
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