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Fascinating - a delight to read,
This review is from: St. Peter's Bones: How the Relics of the First Pope Were Lost and Found . . . and Then Lost and Found Again (Kindle Edition)
This book is a joy from beginning to end. It is an easy to read outline of the archeological search for the bones of the apostle Peter reputed to be situated below the high altar at St Peter's church in the Vatican. This book starts off by describing the history of relics in the Roman Catholic church, the tradition of the bones of St Peter, the series of churches which have stood on the same site and the archeological digs with all their sensitivities.
The book is well written and easy to read. The author pitches their information at exactly the right level for the general reader and makes a point of talking about the people involved as well as the architecture. All information is put in a larger context but the book avoids dumping facts on the reader - everything is relevant to the main story. The Bible, apocryphal texts, tradition and scientific examination are all given equal weight and there is little or no attempt at analysis but this leaves the reader to make up their own mind about the truth of the conjectures made by archeologists and historians.
This is quite a short book but easy to read and full of fascinating information and stories. A great read. I received a free copy from the publishers via NetGalley.