Brandeum, a term used by ecclesiastical writers of the Middle Ages to signify the covering, of silk or linen, in which the bodies of the saints or their relics were wrapped. The name was also applied to linen clothes which had been simply laid on the bodies. Before the time of Gregory the Great (A.D. 600) it was the custom to give away no part of the relics of the saints, but simply to send in a case a portion of one of these Brandea or Corporals.-Bergier, s.v. Reliqsue; Landon, Eccles. Dict. ii, 3q5.