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Elizabeth Swedo




Guibert of Nogent (c.1053-c.1124), a Benedictine monk, wrote On the Relics of Saints in 1119 C.E. Guibert broke up his treatise into three main books, each book connected to the overall theme of Guibert’s response to the church of Saint-Médard and their relic, a baby-tooth of Christ. Book I responded to Saint-Médard and discussed relic cults, Book II discussed the problems relating to the existence of relics and their connections to the Eucharist, and Book III attempted to debunk the claims of Saint-Médard. Overall, Guibert argued that a saint needed detailed written documentation for their relic to be a true holy relic. Guibert is one of two monks, another being the Cluniac Rodolphus Glaber (c.980-c.1046), whose writings help give a comparison between the two monks' view points that showed the similarities and differences of their reactions towards fake relics.






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