The Shroud of Turin
The History and Legends of the World's Most Famous Relic
500 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 10 B&W photos and 13 B&W illustrations
- ISBN: 9781481311472
- Published: March 2020
Shrouds have long held a special place among the sacred relics of Christendom. In the Middle Ages, shrouds, like holy relics, were the prize possessions of churches and cities.
Cloaked in mystery, these artifacts have long been objects of reverence and awe, as well as sources of debates, quarrels, thefts, and excommunications. Shrouds—so some claim—provide visible testimony to faith. One in particular has drawn the interest of scholars, clergy, and the public alike: the Shroud of Turin.
In The Shroud of Turin, Andrea Nicolotti chronicles the history of this famous cloth, including its circuitous journey from the French village of Lirey to its home in the Italian city of Turin, as well as the fantastical claims surrounding its origin and modern scientific efforts to prove or disprove its authenticity.
Full of intrigue and mystery, The Shroud of Turin dismantles hypotheses that cannot survive the rigors of historical analysis. Nicolotti directly addresses the thorny problem of the authenticity of the relic and the difficult relationship between history, faith, and science.
Introduction to the English Edition
1. The Birth and Development of a Cult
1.1. The Fate of Jesus' Burial Clothes
1.2. Medieval Shrouds and Head Pieces
2. The Shroud of Lirey-Chambéry-Turin
2.2. Passage of the Shroud’s Ownership
3. The Shroud in Piedmont
3.1. The Early Times of the Shroud in Turin
3.2. Between the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
4. The Shroud and Modernity
4.1. Science and History
4.2. The Fragility of the Hard Sciences
4.3. Between Monarchy and Republic
4.4. The Postcolonial Period
5. Creating a Myth
5.1. A Rebirth
5.2. The Invention of a Story
5.3. The Era of Radiocarbon
5.4. A Revival in the Third Millennium
Andrea Nicolotti’s Shroud is a first class historian’s analysis of the fraught history of the appearance of the Shroud of Turin in the medieval period, its various travels before reaching Turin, the creation of the myth of authenticity, and the radiocarbon analysis of its medieval fabric. This is the serious historian’s counterpart to The Da Vinci Code.~John S. Kloppenborg, University Professor and Chair of Religion, University of Toronto