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Sacred Girdle of the Virgin
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The girdle that the Virgin is believed to have bestowed on Saint Thomas at the moment of her Assumption is Prato’s most important relic. It was supposedly bequeathed to the town’s Pieve of Santo Stefano in around 1174, but the earliest surviving secure references to its existence date to the 1200s. By the fourteenth century it was the object of one of northern Tuscany’s most popular cults with its own feast day on September 8 (the day of the Nativity of the Virgin), established by public decree …

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Flavio Boggi, “Sacred Girdle of the Virgin”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage. Consulted online on 17 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emp_SIM_000192>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004181298, 20091023

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