Relic of S. Jordi Cathedral of Valencia


Hallelujah, No Leaf parish 2068

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L’any 1377 Eleonora of Aragon (1333-1416) wife of Peter I of Cyprus (1328-1369) and daughter of Prince Peter of Aragon, GIFT King Pedro III of Aragon (His cousin brother) a silver arm with the bone of the right arm of S. George.

A letter from the queen to King Peter of Cyprus dated 25 of November 1337 merchant named John from Bosch as responsible for the shipment in Barcelona. The relic belonged to his father, King Hugh IV of Cyprus, which had entrusted him secretly.
In 1377 Eleanor relations with his son Peter II of Cyprus (1357-1352) already damaged damaged. It is possible that the Queen was thinking exile, as he returned to Catalonia in 1381. Expert believes that the King of Aragon was to relics and especially, by S. George, li deia:

“and more loving gentleman you the Gary expensive not our son, for as we are certain that with superior honor and reverence and devotion that it tendréts our son and behold Efem very great pleasure to thank our Lord and how we can serve your majesty things that please ...”.

It is possible that the silver hand exterior still be sent by the Queen to the King of Cyprus. On the back is a little door that lets you see the relic of three fingers, that would be symbolically has elevated. What seemingly looks like a bracelet could represent the chainmail knight S. George. The arm and pedestal, wood silver, are modern work. The arm has a hollow timber that houses l'os big arm, before disappeared behind a glass.

The bone of the saint is protected by a crimping gilded silver and enamel. These are two extreme parts linked by three fine rods that contain the inscription in Gothic script:

"This is the most holy of bras + of + the + George + which plots + of + Cyprus Queen Leonor at Mister Peter King Daraga third in seven Barsalona 7 In December nativity of our three hundred thousand setantaset señor "

If the relic came 7 December 1377 in the hands of the king and the day 23 d'April 1378, St George's Day, procession was received in Barcelona, must be established between these two dates crimping the major bone, which undoubtedly belongs to the Catalan 1'orfebrería time. Peter III wanted to recall that very relic which came to power did not take long to enrich. The piece has been attributed to Peter Berns. King silversmith in those years. The enamel contains higher end with the figure of St. George, with 1'armadura, spear and shield with the red cross. On the sides, floral decoration on, are in a face shield of Peter and the other the Queen Eleanor. This last contains the weapons of the kings of Cyprus and Jerusalem, because the Cypriot monarchs were missing heirs nominal kingdom of Jerusalem. The lower end of the relic is decorated with leaves and enamel with the arms of Peter in Cairó. year 1410 Barcelona silversmith Francesc Vilardell received 44 salaries to fix the silver reliquary.

The arm reliquary of Saint George was placed in the chapel of Santa Agata the royal palace in Barcelona. L’any 1432 Alfonso the Magnanimous moves relic in the chapel of St. Catherine's Royal Palace Valencia. This monarch deposits headquarters in Valencia 1437 as security for a loan that you chapter to finance the campaign of Naples. The loan was never returned and the collection of royal relics that constituted the guarantee of the loan since the rest Headquarters.

L’any 1820 a brochure was printed with the "explained the holy relics that are in the Holy Metropolitan Church of Valencia, which is displayed on the second day of Easter, every year…. CINNAMON SAN JORGE- devout Christians, This is a reliquary in the glorious martyr St George cinnamon; having great devotion and tell:

Your glorious cinnamon
hui reverim, glorious St. George,
since so cute, was victorious word,
we do that the virtuous life.

The headquarters of the Valencia also preserved relic of another arm S. George, which had to walk four enamels, disappeared with the royal arms in Cairó. L’any 1832 there was a finger to extract and cinnamon Alcoy finger to Vilell.

(PATHS OF ART. Catalog. Alcoy 2011)

It is good to remember today, that horn holder of a relic of S. Jorge since 1780.