Through experimentation, we know that the figure on the Shroud was on a soft bed of some kind, which strongly suggests that the victim was not dead and was expected to recover. Regardless of whether the findings of Ian Wilson or Knight and Lomas are correct, it is evident that this most holy and venerated relic has found its way into the Templar mythos. And if he was burned at the stake, then the covering had to happen before he was actually killed. Also, it seems like Da Vinci would have impressed a figure relatively similar to his other depictions of Jesus.
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Frale presents a very compelling case that the Shroud of Turin was once in the possession of the Knights Templar and served as the basis for the accusation that the brothers secretly worshiped an idol, a head called "Baphomet. Frale examines the depositions of several brother Templars who described veneration of an image that sounds suspiciously like the Shroud of Turin. Frale then examines the possibility that the Shroud served as the basis for medieval legends of the Mandylion, the napkin containing Christ's facial image allegedly sent by Christ to King Abgar V of Edessa.
Frale also sets out an important examination of the medieval Church's attitude s to icons and relics, including how and why relics like the Shroud in medieval thought served as important, tangible links to an embodied Jesus Christ, as opposed to the disembodied, purely spiritual Christ of the ancient Gnostic and medieval Cathar heretics. She reminds us that not just the unlettered peasantry, but learned intellectuals, of medieval Europe venerated icons and relics and why they did so.
As to the authenticity of the Shroud itself, Frale doesn't argue for its authenticity but simply reviews the consensus of the scientific studies conducted to date, all of which are at a loss to explain the anatomically perfect, historically accurate, three-dimensional image contained on the cloth. While not arguing for the Shroud being the actual burial cloth of Christ, Frale nevertheless does caution us to keep an open mind.
She examines in some detail certain details and characteristics peculiar to the image and how these might be further evidence of a link to the Templars. This book, like Prof. With this work, Prof. Frale has written another important study that I highly recommend. Frale, for another excellent book! Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. It is well researched in an area often neglected with regard to the Shroud: Barbara Frale's introduction makes distinctions between the Shroud of Turin, the secret relic in the Templars' custody, and its authenticity as the burial cloth of Jesus. In my mind, from this reading it is easy to make that identity, but Dr.
Frale cautions further scientific tests need to be performed. Her clarification of the role of an icon in medieval Christian worship was also very helpful to me. I urge anyone interested in the Shroud of Turin to read this book. I look forward to reading volume two: The Shroud of Jesus of Nazareth.
One person found this helpful. The author makes a pretty compelling case that sometime after the 4th crusade the Knights Templar came into possession of the Shroud of Turin and protected it. This is an extremely interesting historical book. Its appeal depends on how intrigued you are by medievalism and the Templars. But if you are, this is an intriguing and compelling book.
I don't understand the negative comments that this book is "dry. Sep 03, Mary Jo Malo rated it it was amazing. This the only historical and scholarly work I've read on the Templars and the Shroud which is primarily derived from documentation rather than traditions built on no more than rumors. The author has meticulously researched the Catholic church's archives and finds a significant divergence from royal French inquisitional documents of the mysterious order.
Her research is convincing in portraying the actual connection between the Shroud of Turin and the Templars through their acquisition of this mo This the only historical and scholarly work I've read on the Templars and the Shroud which is primarily derived from documentation rather than traditions built on no more than rumors.
Her research is convincing in portraying the actual connection between the Shroud of Turin and the Templars through their acquisition of this most sacred relic in Constantinople during the final Crusades. Frale does however enter into speculative territory when she writes about the Cathars, whose actual heretical tenets are sketchy at best, and the Gnostics of southern France whose teachings varied wildly. When strictly adhering to her area of expertise, she presents a compelling argument for the Templars' possession of the Shroud during its history in Europe.
Jul 09, Pat rated it it was amazing.
Barbara Frale is an excellent writer. Her work is thorough and well researched. Sep 03, Carol Mcgrath rated it it was amazing.
It is broken down in three parts, the first giving you the history of the Templars, the second, the history of the Shroud and the final part showing how the Templars came into possession of the Shroud and other relics. If you are interested in the Templars you will enjoy this book. It is a work of non-fiction written by the Vatican Secret Archives Historian. Feb 12, Christopher Fox rated it it was amazing.
Even putting aside the Catholic dogma associated with the subject matter and the on-going emotional debate about the shroud's authenticity, what I found so engrossing was the range of scientific, cultural, historical, archaeological, social, linguistic disciplines that have been brought to bear on this one artifact.
I could've added to that list almost as nauseam I've never heard of epigraphy before.
The Templars and the Shroud of Christ [Barbara Frale] on bolstergroup.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. By tracing faint clues concerning the Turin. For a certain period in history, the Knights Templar—the most powerful military religious order of the Middle Ages—secretly guarded the Shroud of Turin.
The scope of the knowledge that Frale, herself a Vatican Secret Archives Historian brings to the mysteries surround the shroud is compounded by centuries of studies and research by outside agencies, mostly with no religious connection How about identifying and dating plant spores captured in the shroud's fabric to determine where it had been and when?
This is not just an outline of a journey of Faith but a real-life detective story with villains that spans centuries. And it ain't over yet Jul 12, Chuck Springer rated it it was amazing. Frale, historian on staff at the Vatican Secret Archives, presents a very compelling case that the Shroud of Turin was once in the possession of the Knights Templar.
In the Crusaders sacked the city of Constantinople. Among them were the Knights Templar, whom some scholars contend took the Burial shroud of Jesus from the city and kept it hidden and possibly venerated it as part of their private rituals. As to the authenticity of the Shroud itself, she doesn't argue for its authenticity bu Dr.
As to the authenticity of the Shroud itself, she doesn't argue for its authenticity but simply reviews the consensus of the scientific studies conducted to date, all of which are at a loss to explain the anatomically perfect, historically accurate, three-dimensional image contained on the cloth. I appreciated that she did not hypothesize that the Shroud is the actual burial cloth of Christ and cautioned the reader to keep an open mind.
There were additional details and characteristics that were peculiar to the image and how these might be further evidence of a link to the Templars. Over all, I enjoyed the book and highly recommend it for anyone interested in the Knights Templar or the Shroud. Apr 20, SeaShore rated it liked it. Reading her book made me want to know more about the author and her interest in the history of the Shroud.
She was born in and is Italian.