Regurgitation, Restitution, Resurrection, and Relics

  • Linda Marie RouillardEmail author
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


Starting with the reference in La Manekine to the “sanctuaire” in the belly of a fish which preserved the protagonistʼs amputated hand until it could be miraculously grafted onto her arm, this chapter examines the theory and practices behind relics, along with other literary examples of relics, as well as the general motif of fishy containers. Additionally, the sturgeon that regurgitates the hand evokes Christian dogma about bodily integrity at the time of resurrection, as well as serving as a reminder of the role of restitution in the sacrament of penance. Compared to the treatment of relics in such works as the Chanson de Roland, the Pèlerinage de Charlemagne, and La Vie de Sainte Elysabel, Philippe de Rémi employs an empty, hand-shaped reliquary to demonstrate Godʼs favor upon the heroine.


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