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The making and unmaking of an early medieval relic

apart again over the centuries, specialists are of the opinion that they are likely to be of eighth- or ninth-century European origin. The reliquary displays them as the ‘sandals of Christ’, and presents them flanked by images of Pippinus rex and Zacharias papa worked in mock-Carolingian enamel and goldwork.1 Why is this footwear preserved, relic-like, in a liturgical space? Why at Prüm? What connection might King Pippin have had with the ‘sandals of Christ’? Why do the sandals link the first Carolingian king with the pope who, according to the Royal Frankish Annals

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