Heavenly Bodies

Heavenly Bodies

Cult Treasures & Spectacular Saints From the Catacombs

Book - 2013
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This book is the chronicle of a group of extraordinary skeletons discovered in the Roman Catacombs in the late sixteenth century. Largely anonymous, they were nevertheless held to be the remains of Early Christian martyrs, and treated as sacred. Sent to Catholic churches and religious houses in German-speaking Europe to replace holy relics that had been destroyed in the wake of the Protestant Reformation, the skeletons were carefully reassembled, and richly adorned with jewels and precious costumes. They became the centre of spiritual life for many communities, yet as time passed, faith in them wavered and they were cast out as imposters, as the Catholic Church turned its back on what was once one of its treasures. This is a story that until now has been left out of the pages of both art and religious histories.
Published: New York, New York :, Thames & Hudson,, 2013.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780500251959
Branch Call Number: 235.2094 KOU
Characteristics: 189 pages :,illustrations (chiefly color) ;,25 cm


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Jan 04, 2016

What an interesting read. It examines the role of so called "catacomb saints" in reinvigorating the Catholic church and their eventual demise in use. The pictures are breathtaking if you can cope with the macabre!

Nov 20, 2015

truly creepy, great for getting you in the mood for hallowe'en or day of the dead

stewaroby Nov 09, 2013

So strange, so beautiful.


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