This is the first ever book in English solely devoted to one of the most important reliquary shrines of the Mosan Rhineland, the Heribert Shrine. Carolyn M. Carty investigates how liturgy, history, politics, and geography all converge to influence the creation and the message of a work of art in the aftermath of the Investiture Controversy between the Church and the Holy Roman Empire. She argues that the Heribert Shrine's images and inscriptions support the supremacy of the Church over the State with consequent implications for the shrine's intended viewers.
Chapter 1. The Twelfth-Century Shrine of Saint Heribert of Cologne
Chapter 2. Framing the Argument
Chapter 3. The Motivations for the Message: A Still Open Can of Worms
Chapter 4. The Sum of the Parts: Motivations, Visibility, Messaging, and Final Assessment
Appendices: Shrine inscriptions and their translations