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Frederick The Monk
54252.  Wed Feb 22, 2006 5:18 am Reply with quote

TOPIC: Death

QUESTION: What did Philip II of Spain rub on his sores?
Who was King Philip II of Spain in bed with when he died?

FORFEIT: Ointment/ salt
a very broad-minded nun

ANSWER: The arm of St. Vincent of Ferrara, the knee of St. Sebastian and an unidentified bit of St. Alban.

NOTES: Philip II of Spain, husband of Mary Tudor and organiser of the Armada, owned 7,000 holy relics. They included - beside the usual fragments of the True Cross and the Crown of Thorns - 144 heads, 306 arms and legs and 10 whole bodies.

From HISTORY OF THE UNITED NETHERLANDS
From the Death of William the Silent to the Twelve Year's Truce--1609

By John Lothrop Motley c. 1877

"He derived infinite consolation from the many relics of saints, of which, as has been seen, he had made plentiful prevision during his long reign. Especially a bone of St. Alban, presented to him by Clement VIII., in view of his present straits, was of great service. With this relic, and
with the arm of St. Vincent of Ferrara, and the knee-bone of St.
Sebastian, he daily rubbed his sores, keeping the sacred talismans ever
in his sight on the altar, which was not far from his bed. He was much
pleased when the priests and other bystanders assured him that the
remains of these holy men would be of special efficacy to him, because he had cherished and worshipped them in times when misbelievers and heretics had treated them with disrespect."


SOURCES:HISTORY OF THE UNITED NETHERLANDS
From the Death of William the Silent to the Twelve Year's Truce--1609, John Lothrop Motley c. 1877
Sue Gaisford in The Independent on Sunday

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RESEARCHER: JP

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Frederick The Monk
62690.  Thu Mar 30, 2006 6:01 am Reply with quote

Updated 30/03/06

 

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