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Reliquary theca with relics of Saint Joan of France (Valois)

Round glass-fronted sivered brass reliquary theca dating to 1900's housing substantial first class ex ossibus (from the bone) relics of Saint Joan of Valois. The relics are affixed to a red silk background and identified on a typographic cedula as S. Joan Gual (Saint Joan of France)On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is protected by a seal of red wax with a perfectly preserved imprint of a coat of arms of a Catholic bishop.

 Saint Joan of Valois, O.Ann.M..​ also know as ​Joan of France (†1505), was briefly Queen of France as wife of King Louis XII, in between the death of her brother, King Charles VIII, and the annulment of her marriage. After that, she retired to her domain, where she soon founded the monastic Order of the Sisters of the Annunciation of Mary. From this Order later sprang the religious congregation of the Apostolic Sisters of the Annunciation, founded in 1787 to teach the children of the poor. The nuns of the Order of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary still maintain their way of life in monasteries in France, Belgium, Costa Rica and Poland. The Religious Sisters serve in Belgium, Burundi, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, France and Guatemala.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 14-RSABR-2
  • Size: 28 mm in diameter
  • Age: ca. 1900, France
  • Materials: Silvered brass
  • Price: $375
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