Thursday, February 09, 2023

The Relic Master

My book for February is The Relic Master. Carmen's parents talked about the book while we were at Drew and Carmen's house at Christmas. Always looking for something different to read, I decided to pick it up.

Set in 1517, the main character is a relic hunter who procures “authentic” religious relics for wealthy and influential clients. The historical fiction includes a number of actual historical figures including: the German painter Albrecht Dürer, Fredrick III, Cardinal Albert of Brandenburg Archbishop of Mainz, Friar Martin Lurther and Pope Leo X.

It enjoyed the book, but it is a little bit pedestrian. It has a surprisingly low score on Goodreads. I did find the background about relics and indulgences interesting.

I didn't realize until finishing the book that The Shroud of Chambéry is now The Shroud of Turin. Although not displayed very often, this is something I would be interested in seeing...

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