The Relic Master

The Relic Master

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015
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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 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 Chambéry), 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: New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, 2015
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781442394476
Characteristics: audio file
1 online resource (1 sound file (10 hr., 38 min., 15 sec.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Langton, James
Call Number: eAudio

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With a refined British accent, James Langton brings to life some vivid and curious characters of the early 16th century. Dismas, an honest relic hunter, sets out on an unexpected adventure when dire circumstances wipe out his wealth. His friend, the famous artist Albrecht Dürer, convinces him to ... Read More »

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Jun 29, 2016

It read like a Monty Python book about art history. The writing style is kind of exhausting. There are funny moments in the book, and those moments make the book pretty good.


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