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Signs of Emotion: Pilgrimage Tokens from the Cathedral of Notre-Dame of Chartres


Randles, S, Signs of Emotion: Pilgrimage Tokens from the Cathedral of Notre-Dame of Chartres, Feeling Things: Objects and Emotions through History, Oxford University Press, S Downes, S Holloway, S Randles (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 43-57. ISBN 9780198802648 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1093/oso/9780198802648.003.0004


This chapter focuses on the surviving pilgrimage tokens from the Cathedral of Notre-Dame of Chartres, together with those known from documentary sources. It presents evidence for the ways in which such tokens were produced, sold, handled, worn, used to heal or protect, kept, donated, or ritually discarded. The uses of these small but powerful objects provide significant evidence for their ability to produce and regulate the emotional states of the people who used them, and demonstrate that their emotional value, based in both belief in the supernatural virtues of the tokens and their ability to evoke memory, could far exceed their monetary cost. By standing in for the Virgin Mary or St Lubin and transmitting their power, pilgrimage tokens could be used to alleviate fear, represent gratitude, or demonstrate pride in personal or regional identity.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:pilgrimage token, Chartres, memory, fear, gratitude
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:European history (excl. British, classical Greek and Roman)
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Europe's past
UTAS Author:Randles, S (Dr Sarah Randles)
ID Code:133032
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2019-06-03
Last Modified:2019-07-09

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