Vendée in the days of Fairies and Giants

Like any religious site "worth its salt", Maillezais had relics and treasures that drew pilgrims.  In addition to worldly treasures, Maillezais held here the full relics of Saint Rigomer (his whole body) and a tooth from Saint John-the-Baptist.  Perhaps the greatest pilgrimage route of the Middle Ages was that from all of Europe to Santiago of Compostella in Spain (where Saint James is said to have died).  Maillezais is just off that route, but many thousands would make a special 10-mile trip off the main trail to see the rests of Saint Rigomer and John-the-Baptist.
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