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The sculpted monument in Sains-en-Amienois (Somme). The memorial to the martyrs Fuscien, Victoric and Gentien

Abstract : In the early years of the 13th century, a sculpted monument dedicated to the memory of the three martyr saints Fuscien, Victoric and Gentien was erected in the parish church of Sains (today Sains-en-Amienois) marking the place where they were traditionally thought to have been buried. The purpose was to give new impetus to the focal point of a cult which, according to surviving liturgical and hagiographical sources, was one of the oldest in the diocese of Amiens. This article treats the antiquity of the presumed sepulchre of the three saints, the presence over the tomb of a Romanesque funerary slab depicting the saints prior to the installation of the Gothic monument, and the context of the ordering of the monument, which is remarkable both for its quality and the originality of its conception. The formal characteristics of the sculptures suggest that they are contemporary with the launching of the first phase of construction of Amiens Cathedral by Bishop Evrard de Fouilloy (1211-1222). This may have seemed an opportune moment in the eyes of the clergy to renovate the funerary slab of the saints who helped construct the identity of the diocesan cathedral church. The clergy's interests may have concorded with those of Enguerran IV de Boves (dagger 1222), who, after his brother Robert assassinated the royal provost, was engaged in rehabilitating his lineage by investing in good works, notably funerary.
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Dominique Paris-Poulain. The sculpted monument in Sains-en-Amienois (Somme). The memorial to the martyrs Fuscien, Victoric and Gentien. BULLETIN MONUMENTAL, 2021, 179 (4), pp.373+. ⟨hal-03626638⟩



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