The Relic Master: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, 2015/12/08 - 380 ページ
From New York Times bestselling author Christopher Buckley, “one of the funniest writers in the English language” (Tom Wolfe), a compelling and hilarious adventure featuring a sixteenth-century relic hunter and his best friend, Albrecht Dürer, who conspire to forge the Shroud of Turin.

The year is 1517. Dismas is a relic hunter: one who procures “authentic” religious relics for wealthy and influential clients. His two most important patrons are Frederick the Wise, Elector of Saxony 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 ambitions increase his demands for grander and more marketable relics, Dismas and his artist friend Dürer conspire to manufacture a shroud to sell to the unsuspecting noble. Unfortunately Dürer’s reckless pride exposes Albrecht’s newly acquired shroud as a fake, so Albrecht puts Dismas and Dürer in the custody of four loutish mercenaries and sends them all to steal Christ’s burial cloth (the Shroud of Chambéry), Europe’s most celebrated relic.

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 that they realize they are not alone in their intentions to acquire a relic of dubious legitimacy. Filled with fascinating details about art, religion, politics and science; Vatican intrigue; and Buckley’s signature wit, The Relic Master is a delightfully rich and intelligent comic adventure.
 

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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
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
93
377
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Christopher Buckley is a novelist, essayist, humorist, critic, magazine editor, and memoirist. His books include Thank You for Smoking, The Judge Hunter, Make Russia Great Again, 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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