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The Relic Master

The Relic Master

(2015)
A novel by

 
From New York Times best-selling author Christopher Buckley, "one of the funniest writers in the English language" (Tom Wolfe), a compelling and hilarious adventure featuring a 16th-century relic hunter and his best friend, Albrecht Durer, 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, Durer, conspire to manufacture a shroud to sell to the unsuspecting noble. Unfortunately Durer's reckless pride exposes Albrecht's newly acquired shroud as a fake, so Albrecht puts Dismas and Durer in the custody of four loutish mercenaries and sends them all to steal Christ's burial cloth (the Shroud of Chambery), 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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Hardback Editions

December 2015 : USA Hardback
Title: The Relic Master: A Novel
Author(s): Christopher Buckley
ISBN: 1-5011-2575-3 / 978-1-5011-2575-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

October 2016 : USA Paperback
Title: The Relic Master: A Novel
Author(s): Christopher Buckley
ISBN: 1-5011-2576-1 / 978-1-5011-2576-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

December 2015 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Relic Master: A Novel
Author(s): Christopher Buckley
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

December 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Relic Master: A Novel
Author(s): Christopher Buckley
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


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