The Relic Master

The Relic Master

A Novel

Book - 2015
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Christopher Buckley's "hilarious, bawdy, and irreverent frolic of a tale" about a sixteenth-century relic hunter and the artist Albrecht D#65533;rer who conspire to fabricate Christ's burial shroud reads "like Indiana Jones gone medieval" ( USA TODAY ).

The year is 1517. Dismas is a relic hunter who procures "authentic" religious relics for wealthy and influential clients. His two most important patrons are Frederick the Wise 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 demands for grander relics increase, Dismas and his artist friend D#65533;rer fabricate a shroud to sell to the unsuspecting noble. Unfortunately D#65533;rer's reckless pride exposes the trickery, so Albrecht puts Dismas and D#65533;rer in the custody of four mercenaries and sends them all to steal Christ's burial cloth (the Shroud of Chamb#65533;ry), Europe's most celebrated artifact. 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 they realize they are not alone in their intentions to acquire a relic of dubious legitimacy.

"A rollicking good time, Christopher Buckley has transported his signature wit and irreverence from the Beltway to sixteenth-century Europe in The Relic Master " ( GQ ). This epic quest, "as rascally and convivial as any that Mr. Buckley has written" ( The Wall Street Journal ), is filled with fascinating details about art, religion, politics, and science; Vatican intrigue; and Buckley's signature wit "holds the reader till the very last page" ( The New York Times Book Review ).
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501125768
9781501125751
9781501125782
Characteristics: 380 pages ; 24 cm

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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.

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