The Relic Master: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, 2015/12/08 - 400 ページ
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Christopher Buckley’s “hilarious, bawdy, and irreverent frolic of a tale” about a sixteenth-century relic hunter and the artist Albrecht Dürer who conspire to fabricate Christ’s burial shroud reads “like Indiana Jones gone medieval” (USA TODAY).

The year is 1517. Dismas is a relic hunter who procures “authentic” religious relics for wealthy and influential clients. His two most important patrons are Frederick the Wise and soon-to-be Cardinal Albrecht of Mainz. While Frederick is drawn to the recent writing of Martin Luther, Albrecht pursues the financial and political benefits of religion and seeks to buy a cardinalship through the selling of indulgences. When Albrecht’s demands for grander relics increase, Dismas and his artist friend Dürer fabricate a shroud to sell to the unsuspecting noble. Unfortunately Dürer’s reckless pride exposes the trickery, so Albrecht puts Dismas and Dürer in the custody of four mercenaries and sends them all to steal Christ’s burial cloth (the Shroud of Chambéry), Europe’s most celebrated artifact. On their journey to Savoy where the Shroud will be displayed, they battle a lustful count and are joined by a beautiful female apothecary. It is only when they reach their destination they realize they are not alone in their intentions to acquire a relic of dubious legitimacy.

“A rollicking good time, Christopher Buckley has transported his signature wit and irreverence from the Beltway to sixteenth-century Europe in The Relic Master” (GQ). This epic quest, “as rascally and convivial as any that Mr. Buckley has written” (The Wall Street Journal), is filled with fascinating details about art, religion, politics, and science; Vatican intrigue; and Buckley’s signature wit “holds the reader till the very last page” (The New York Times Book Review).
 

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ユーザー レビュー  - mamzel - LibraryThing

The subject of this book reminded me of Baudolino by Umberto Eco. Churches used relics of saints to draw patrons and their money to their door. Dismas hunts these bones and other detritus for two ... レビュー全文を読む

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ユーザー レビュー  - justagirlwithabook - LibraryThing

Picked this up from Politics & Prose in DC and never would've known it existed otherwise. Described as a mix between Monty Python and I'm not sure what ... but I really enjoyed it! It reminded me ... レビュー全文を読む

目次

Rome 2017
1
Part One 1 Basel 1517
7
Albrecht
29
Frederick
41
Dürer
47
Boat of the Fisherman
57
Disaster
63
The Shroud of Mainz
73
Chambéry
205
A Plan
215
Lothar Redux
219
29
225
Charles the Good
231
Three Kings
239
Digitalis
249
Very Awkward
257

Render unto Caesar
79
To Hell with Purgatory
87
On My Honor
93
A Great
99
Not a Great Day
103
Cardinal Sin
109
Is Something Amiss?
115
Penance
123
Dismissal
127
Part
133
Cunrat Nutker Unks
135
Count Lothar
141
Magda
147
21
159
Paracelsus
173
The Dance of Death
179
Gifts
191
The Bauges
199
Ecce Sindon
261
That Was a Viewing Eh?
267
It Do the Trick?
275
Consummatum Est
281
At the Bibulous Bishop
289
Pursuivants
297
Rehearsal
305
41
313
What If They Drink the Wine?
319
Let Us Ambulate Together
323
The Last Supper
329
Places Gentlemen
343
47
349
Suggestions Gentlemen?
357
Vale
373
99
377
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著者について (2015)

Christopher Buckley is a novelist, essayist, humorist, critic, magazine editor and memoirist. His books include Thank You for Smoking, The Judge Hunter, and The Relic Master. He worked as a merchant seaman and White House speechwriter. He has written for many newspapers and magazines and has lectured in over seventy cities around the world. He was awarded the Thurber Prize for American Humor and the Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence.

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