Magnificent Corpses (Paperback)

Searching Through Europe for St. Peter's Head, St. Claire's Heart, St. Stephen's Hand, and Other Saintly Re

By Anneli Rufus

Da Capo Press, 9781569246870, 320pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 1999

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Holy relics -- the bodily remains of saints and other sacred figures -- were for centuries the most revered objects in the Western world, at center-stage in Europe's great churches and cathedrals. Today some relics have been shunted to side chapels and dark crypts, yet many continue to draw prayerful pilgrims, as they have for centuries, seeking solace, inspiration, and signs of miracles. In Magnificent Corpses, Anneli Rufus recounts her visits to 18 of Europe's most significant relics. With an engaging mix of history and personal narrative, Rufus tells their secret stories and, along the way, revisits with a fresh eye the compelling accounts of the saints whose physical bodies the relics represent.

About the Author

Anneli Rufus, a prize-winning, critically acclaimed writer, is the author of The World Holiday Book. She lives in Berkeley, CA.