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on 3 March 2012
At one level, there's little to criticise in this book; the author starts from the earliest Christian times, and progresses through the mediaeval period, bringing to light most of the practices associated with relics and drawing on both English and continental examples. There are no obvious errors.
Yet, one is left with the question of who the author is writing for. Specialists will know this material already, while newcomers will be overwhelmed quire often by the extended academic discussions of the evidence. It certainly requires an undergraduate level of intellectual ability to follow, and for those working on relevant courses then their tutors will have their preferred texts. So maybe the book would be of most use to the "learned amateur", except that the amateur scholar will generally fall into one of the levels of knowledge just outlined. Greater attention to his intended audience would have produced a better book.
A good number of illustrations accompany the text, but sometimes I was left wondering what we were supposed to learn from a particular picture. Again, the effect would be improved by greater thought about what illustrations to use.
Overall then, a fair effort that could have been so much more useful.
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