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The Blood and the Shroud

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The Shroud of Turin remains one of the enduring mysteries of our age. No convincing explanation has yet been given for the "negative" image of a crucified man transferred to a length of cloth and preserved in Turin for the last four centuries. Although radiocarbon dating of the fabric in 1988 indicated it to be medieval, synchronous with the Shroud's first recorded appeara ...more
Hardcover, 333 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Free Press
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Apr 13, 2012 Patrick rated it liked it
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Ian Wilson is a graduate of the University of Oxford's Magdalen College, and this is his second book on the Shroud of Turin. Given bonafides like that, his Shroud scholarship survey and detective story must be reckoned definitive, even if its subtitle ("New Evidence that the World's Most Sacred Relic is Real") does not have the impact it did 15 years ago, when the book was first published. Wilson writes with an earnest evenhandedness, which is no mean feat for an author who believes that the Shr ...more
If you're like me, you don't know much about the Shroud of Turin. You've probably heard of it, know it's some kind of ancient relic that supposedly bears the image of Christ. Perhaps you're even aware that radiocarbon dating pegged its origins in the 13th or 14th centuries, meaning that it's a fake.

No matter what your position on the Shroud (real, fake, or don't care), you'll enjoy reading about it. Wilson is a fine writer, careful and thorough. He wrote a book about the Shroud in 1978, in whic
Melisende d'Outremer
To be truly honest - I was bored with the book. The Turin Shroud is a topic that I normally find to be mentally stimulating - but not in this case. This is the author's journey of further discovery into the Turin Shroud mystery - and I fell by the wayside quite a bit.

However, having said that I did enjoy Part 3 - Tracking the Shroud back through history. This actually was a fscinating journey into what could be the genealogy of the Turing Shroud. Full of tantalising bits of information that make
Jan 18, 2011 Donald rated it really liked it
An excellent update on the whole "Is the Shroud genuine?" question. It takes into account the findings of the STURP project from 1978, as well as the controversial findings of the Carbon-14 dating. I would read this author's "The Shroud of Turin" first and then this one as a follow-up. This one includes an even more-detailed chronology that is very impressive.
Feb 27, 2009 Sheila rated it liked it
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Non-fiction information about the Shroud Of Turin, it's history, tests that have been run on it, and other evidence that tries to show that the shroud really is the burial cloth of a resurrected Jesus. I found it interesting.
Dec 27, 2010 Vera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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An excellent discussion of the Turin Shroud. I think his conclusions are logical, and this is well written. (He thinks the Carbon 14 dating is wrong.)
Aug 16, 2012 Pete rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very interesting book and the author wisely keeps the focus on scientific studies of the artifact instead of making religious judgements.
IT is, it isn't, it is, it isn't. Nothing like science to muddy up faith.
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Author of historical and religious books. He was born in Clapham, south London, but now lives in Brisbane, Australia, with his wife, Judith and their two sons, Adrian and Noel.

Wilson is most well known for his research on the Shroud of Turin.
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