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The Relic Master: A Novel - Christopher Buckley
The Relic Master: A Novel
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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... show more
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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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781501125768 (1501125761)
ASIN: 1501125761
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages no: 400
Edition language: English
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Inked Brownies
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4.0 The Relic Master: A Novel
The question I asked myself after (and while) reading this book was: why am I not reading more historical fiction? I love history. I studied history. I love fiction. Dudes!This blurb really only gives a general outline of the story; the entire thing is so much more enjoyable! Dismas, a previous merc...
Inked Brownies
Inked Brownies rated it
4.0 The Relic Master: A Novel
The question I asked myself after (and while) reading this book was: why am I not reading more historical fiction? I love history. I studied history. I love fiction. Dudes!This blurb really only gives a general outline of the story; the entire thing is so much more enjoyable! Dismas, a previous merc...
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3.5 The Relic Master, by Christopher Buckley
I was hugely surprised to learn that Christopher Buckley had written a work of historical fiction. His oeuvre to date has been extremely current political satire. I admit that I would have read The Relic Master anyway—I’m a big fan of Buckley—I asked to review this book because I was terribly curiou...
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