The Relic Master

The Relic Master

eBook - 2015
Average Rating:
Rate this:
4
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 D?rer, 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 D?rer conspire to manufacture a shroud to sell to the unsuspecting noble. Unfortunately D?rer's reckless pride exposes Albrecht's newly acquired shroud as a fake, so Albrecht puts Dismas and D?rer in the custody of four loutish mercenaries and sends them all to steal Christ's burial cloth (the Shroud of Chamb?ry), 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.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
ISBN: 9781501125782
1501125788
1501125788
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Summary: 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 D?rer, 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 D?rer conspire to manufacture a shroud to sell to the unsuspecting noble. Unfortunately D?rer's reckless pride exposes Albrecht's newly acquired shroud as a fake, so Albrecht puts Dismas and D?rer in the custody of four loutish mercenaries and sends them all to steal Christ's burial cloth (the Shroud of Chamb?ry), 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.

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment
m
Memawrayne
Mar 20, 2019

Many colorful characters and some truths about the crooked relic business. If people had not been so naive and superstitious, this might not have occurred. It's really tragic the things that happened in conjunction with religion.

w
WoodneathLizzie
Feb 12, 2019

If you're a fan of the grimy underbelly of history, The Relic Master might just be the book for you. I'm just saying, Christopher Buckley has clearly done his research on 16th century torture and the shady business of relic sales. Combined with the darkly humorous tone of the story, I felt like I was reading Monty Python crossed with Blackadder!

Dismas, a relic monger turned reluctant thief, was the star of a cast just bursting with amusing characters. Though the writing style was sparse, I found myself immediately drawn into the plight of this plucky band of misfits. And I've got to say, The Relic Master kept me guessing until the end!

s
ssmartin7
Dec 28, 2016

A very well done historical fiction blending gruesome middle age practices and humor as well as a blend of fictional charecters and real historical personages. I found it a bit difficult to get into at first but was soon captivated.

Jabberwock12 Apr 21, 2016

A good tale of historical fiction with some folks that did actually exist during that time. It has a feeling of an Assassins Creed video game dialogue mixed with a Game of Thrones-y like air about it. I found a lot of the book to be funny but rather a bore near the end. It seemed as the author had nowhere else to go or lost sight of his original ending. The book basically ended with the line "they stood awkwardly, neither able to think of anything left to say." Overall 3 out of 5 stars. A good read if you enjoy 16th Century romps and adventures.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at CML

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top