Author: Thomas E. A. Dale
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Release Date: 1997
Against a historical backdrop of relic theft and propaganda campaigns waged by two cities vying for patriarchal authority in medieval Venetia, Thomas Dale shows how Romanesque mural painting shaped sacred space and institutional identity. His focus is on the late twelfth-century murals in the crypt of Aquileia Cathedral. The crypt, which contains the relics of Aquileia's founding bishop, Saint Hermagoras, has a historical significance rooted in a legend identifying the saint as a direct disciple of Saint Mark the Evangelist. On this basis, the Carolingians promoted the city's status as patriarchal see of Venetia--a claim that prompted Venice to steal Mark's relics from Alexandria, Egypt, and appropriate Aquileia's history. This book, the first English-language study of the crypt, explores how the paintings complement the relics of Hermagoras in their distinct devotional and political roles. Hermagoras's intercessory power is activated by his orant image displayed over the central aisle within a larger hierarchy of apostles, martyrs, and bishops. The surrounding hagiographic cycle justifies in legalistic fashion Aquileia's patriarchal title and the consecration of the city as locus sanctus of Venetia by the blood of its martyrs. The iconic images in the eastern lunettes present the Virgin's compassio as a pictorial model for the vicarious experience of Christ's Passion. Finally, a fictive curtain over the socle presents allegories of spiritual warfare in the form of exempla from crusades, pilgrimage, and the epic poem Psychomachia, which Dale analyzes as a gloss on the main program.
Author: Joan Carroll Cruz
Publisher: TAN Books
Release Date: 2015
Scripture speaks of miracles wrought through relics: a dead man was raised when Elisha’s bones touched him, and the clothing of Jesus and His apostles healed the sick. In the early Church, Masses were celebrated over the bones of the martyrs, and phials of their blood have effected countless miracles. Direct successors of the Apostles themselves speak of venerating relics; Church Fathers encourage it; throughout the ages of Catholic legacy, relics of the saints are always present. The Church takes diligent care in preserving and documenting the authenticity of her relics. Best-selling author Joan Carroll Cruz takes full advantage of these resources. With painstaking research, she exposes the details behind hundreds of the Church’s most famous and beloved relics. She covers 38 second-class relicsof our Lord and Lady, such as the Holy Grail and Our Lady’s Veil, and relics of all sorts from 75 favorite saints, such as St. Mary Magdalene, St. Agnes, St. Charles Borromeo, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Maria Goretti, and many more! Relics is a unique collection of years of dedicated research about the lives of the saints and the mementos they left behind, to remind us of their presence and intercession for us.
Author: Richard Landes
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Release Date: 1995
Landes traces the life and career of Ademar of Chabannes--a monk, historian, liturgist, and hagiographer who lived at the turn of the first Christian millennium. Using over 1,000 folios of autograph manuscript that Ademar left behind, Landes has been able to reconstruct in great detail the development of Ademar's career and the events of his day.
Author: Simon Winchester
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: 2009-10-27
Simon Winchester, struck by a sudden need to discover exactly what was left of the British Empire, set out across the globe to visit the far-flung islands that are all that remain of what once made Britain great. He traveled 100,000 miles back and forth, from Antarctica to the Caribbean, from the Mediterranean to the Far East, to capture a last glint of imperial glory. His adventures in these distant and forgotten ends of the earth make compelling, often funny reading and tell a story most of us had thought was over: a tale of the last outposts in Britain's imperial career and those who keep the flag flying. With a new introduction, this updated edition tells us what has happened to these extraordinary places while the author's been away.
Samuel Redstone enjoyed a quiet life as the chief of police of a small town in Southeastern Oklahoma. His peace would soon be shattered by the bizarre death of a group of outlaw motorcycle club members just outside his beloved town of Talihina. The violent deaths could not be easily explained. When other members of the club come to town to exact revenge and make charges of police brutality, Sam is distracted by this, causing him to momentarily miss other bizarre activities in around Talihina. To make matters worse, Sam’s old flame returns to town with her husband, complicating Sam’s life even further. As time passes, it becomes evident that something other than outlaw motorcycle gangs has descended on Talihina. Strange animal behavior and a rash of dead and disappearing dogs are the first warnings to the residence of the small town that a new danger is lurking in the beautiful Kiamichi Mountains surrounding the community. Bizarre helicopter and military activity also become common place in the area—not to mention a US Forest Service Special Agent named Paul Eastman is adding to the stress and confusion plaguing Sam. Sam’s father, Addison, a full-blood Choctaw, is the first to recognize the real danger to the community. Sam is reluctant to listen to the old stories and legends of his ancestors. As a veteran of two tours in Iraq, Sam is confident he can handle what he assumes is a criminal element threatening Talihina. Unknown to Sam, something else—something ancient and lethal—is threatening Talihina. The government agency that is supposed to be neutralizing the threat is only making things worse. The creatures are referred to by many names throughout the world and among the First Nations Tribes. As the truth becomes evident, Sam must rely on his father’s leadership and warrior skills to confront and defeat what he comes to know as . . . Relics
Author: John J. Desjarlais
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: 1993
When Jean-Michel sets out across Europe and the Holy Land on a quest to rescue sacred relics, he does not know what treachery follows him or that the love of a lifetime waits ahead. Will this Medieval knight find the faith he seeks, or will the intrigue of the Crusades of French King Louis IX destroy all that he believes?
This gorgeous, full-color photographic guide reveals the marvelous collection of the sacred relics at the Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul, which houses more than 600 invaluable belongings from prophets such as Abraham, Moses, and Muhammad as well as a number of Muslim saints. Excavated from the most restricted rooms of the palace, the entire selection?including the pieces that are not on exhibit for daily visits?is compiled here for the first time in this fundamental handbook, making it perfect for students interested in Ottoman history, sacred relics of the Ottoman rule, or the broader Islamic heritage.