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Saint Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume
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On December 9, 1279, the monks of St Maximin, acting upon the advice of Charles of Salerno, Louis IX's nephew and count of Provence, searched their crypt and joyfully discovered the body of Mary Magdalen in the sarcophagus of Saint Sidonius. A parchment, which conveniently disintegrated once read, detailed the transfer of the saint's body on the night of December 6, 710 from her tomb to Sidonius' sarcophagus for safekeeping during the Saracen attacks. The ruse not only fooled the invading Saracens but the unfortunate monks of Vézelay as well who had mistakenly stolen Sidonius' rem…

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Whitney Leeson, “Saint Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage. Consulted online on 18 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emp_SIM_00175>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004181298, 20091023

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