A for Charlemagne - A de Carlomagno
It is said that the famous emperor gave 24 abbeys in France as many reliquaries in the form of the different letters of the alphabet. The one with the letter A is found in Conques and is a precious example of Carolingian art . There is an A without crossbar at the angle of which is the gold reliquary with fine stones and enamels . Its base, restored during the Middle Ages , does not have the value of the rest of the work. The chronicler Philippe Monskes , in 1270, described it perfectly.
The authenticity of this reliquary is currently being debated, deducing from its construction that it must probably date back to the 11th century .
- Desjardins (G.), Cartuulaire of the abbey of Conques en Rouergues (1879)
- The content of this article incorporates material from volume 1 of the European-American Illustrated Universal Encyclopedia ( Espasa ), whose publication was prior to 1940, so it is in the public domain .