Holy Relics

"Philip II of Spain, husband of Mary Tudor and begetter of the Armada, owned 7,000 holy relics. They included -- beside the usual [and usually bogus] fragments of the True Cross and the Crown of Thorns -- 144 heads, 306 arms and legs and 10 whole bodies.

"As he lay dying in his palace in El Escorial, he selected from this superfluity the arm of St. Vincent and the knee of St. Sebastien, to bring him comfort."

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