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The Relic Master: A Novel (edição: 2015)

de Christopher Buckley (Autor)

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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.… (mais)
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Título:The Relic Master: A Novel
Autores:Christopher Buckley (Autor)
Informação:Simon & Schuster (2015), 400 pages
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The Relic Master de Christopher Buckley

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    KellyHewitt: I really loved this book by Christopher Buckley. His historical knowledge and ability to write an enjoyable yet historically strong novel blew me away. I immediately went out and bought two more of his books.
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Tried to finish it, couldn't, stopped at the start of chapter 25. I gave it a lot of pages, but it never fully gripped me. The author is one of my favorites, but his decision to set his book in the past, which is not his fictional forte, might have been the deciding factor in dropping this one.
  sarahlh | Mar 6, 2021 |
An interesting look at the finding and selling of ancient artifacts (much to the disgust of Martin Luther). The key artifact in this story is the Shroud of Turin. Obviously well-researched Buckley writes an intriguing and humorous albeit violent tale. I was very disappointed, however, at the ultra-foul language used which was completely unnecessary and out of place for this story. ( )
  repb | Jan 11, 2021 |
Fun historical novel dealing peripherally with the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Sure the language used at times is anachronistic, but it is all part of the fun ultimately. Worth the read. ( )
  Skybalon | Mar 19, 2020 |
Funny, interesting, a little contrived, but who cares? An interesting period of history brought to ribald life - a bit of a mashup of [a: Geoffrey Chaucer|1838|Geoffrey Chaucer|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1202588994p2/1838.jpg] and [a: Dave Duncan|30279|Dave Duncan|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1296918710p2/30279.jpg] except the love of language and the humor is all [a:Christopher Buckley|16903|Christopher Buckley|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1191422295p2/16903.jpg]. ( )
  nkmunn | Nov 17, 2018 |
Set in the 1500s around the time of Martin Luther, this romp of an adventure is a great satire of Catholic Church practices surrounding holy relics and the sale of indulgences in that period.  The main character, the relic master, is Dismas, who buys relics on behalf of two employers,  the good Frederick the Wise, Elector of Saxony (who shelters Luther from the wrath of the Pope) and the evil Cardinal Albert of Brandenburg. Elector and Archbishop of Mainz, an evil archbishop cardinal.  Even includes the real painter Albrecht Dürer as a major character.  Dismas is named for the Penitent Thief, the good thief who was crucified next to Jesus.  A fun book!  Actor James Langton is excellent as the reader. ( )
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“The Relic Master” is an inspired piece of literary gymnastics. We are in Northern Europe in 1517 and an outraged, constipated monk named Martin Luther is calling time on the corruption — sexual, financial and spiritual — of the Roman Catholic Church. The problem is exquisitely summed up in Buckley’s opening chapter, set at a relic fair in Basel. On sale is a dazzling array of sanctity: hundreds of bits of saints’ and martyrs’ skulls, teeth, bones and hair; iron bars from torture grilles; whips and thorns, as well as nails, wood and blood from the crucifixion; even a vial with drops of the Virgin’s breast milk. Capitalism may be in its infancy, but relics are a healthy source of revenue for the church and private collectors, and in line with market forces, supply rises to meet demand. (Five hundred years on, one can, of course, still find similar relics in churches all over Italy.)
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If even a dog's tooth is truly worshipped it glows with light. The venerated object is endowed with power...
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Vatican City, August 28 - Workers doing repairs on the tomb of Pope Leo X in Rome's Basilica Church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva have found a cloth closely resembling the Shroud of Turin, the relic held by many to be the burial shroud of Jesus Christ.
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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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