Adapted from Félibien, Plate II, Item D
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Reliquary of gold vermeil which represents the figure of Saint Madeleine raised a bit on a small pedestal covered with fleurs-de-lis. On the base of the reliquary are kneeling figures of King Charles V, Queen Jeanne de Bourbon, his wife, and the dauphin Charles, their son, as can be seen in the coats-of arms engraved below their figures, and by the inscription : Ce joyax d'argent fit faire le roy Charles fils du Jehan & y est en or en vesele garni de pererie le manton de la benoite Madelaine, laquel fut donne audit Roy par les de Montmornsy qui par le terme de plus de cent ans avoit de pere en fiz de fes T
Today, the main figure of this reliquary carries a finger of Saint Bartholomew the apostle, instead of the chin of Saint Madelaine which was apparently plundered or lost during the frequent moves of the treasure during the civil wars which have occurred so many times since the death of Charles V. On the reliquary have been added the coats-of-arms of Anjou and of Hungary, which could have belonged to Queen Clémence, wife of Louis X.
Félibien, pages 538. Translated by Jane Vadnal.
Félibien, pages 430, 538.
Last updated by:JV Date: November 28, 2006