Magnificent Corpses by Anneli Rufus
Searching Through Europe for St. Peter's Head, St. Claire's Heart, St. Stephen's Hand, and Other Saints' Relics

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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 Anneli Rufus

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Anneli Rufus, a prize-winning, critically acclaimed writer, is the author of The World Holiday Book. She lives in Berkeley, CA.
Published June 25, 1999 by Da Capo Press. 256 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Travel. Non-fiction

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As a teenager, Rufus (The World Holiday Book), even though Jewish, was fascinated by these ""extraordinary tales of girls who had their eyes torn out, their breasts slashed off, who sang while being boiled."" In a book that is part travel guide, part detective story and part history of the saints...

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(SALON) -- I found my first preserved saint almost 20 years ago in Gubbio, a haunted stone hill town in Umbria.

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