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Following on the success of his book The Empire of Death, which has attracted a global cult following, Paul Koudounaris brings the catacomb saints out of the darkness with this astonishing volume, which includes arresting images of more than seventy spectacular jeweled skeletons and the fascinating stories of dozens more, accompanied by rare archive material. This is the first time that some of these incredible relics – both intriguing historical artifacts and masterpieces of artistic craftsmanship in their own right – have appeared in a publication, with Koudounaris gaining unprecedented access to photograph in some of the most secretive religious establishments in Europe. This will be essential reading for goths, art historians and everyone in between.
'It's utterly spectacular, hugely interesting and almost unbelievable' - All About History 'Bling from the edges of eternity' - Annie Lennox 'The grinning, bejewelled catacomb saints who stare our from the pages of Koudounaris challenge us to engage in deeper exercises, spiritual and intellectual; to recreate lost forms of devotional life; to understand how they inspired and deformed the study of the Christian past; and to imagine what it felt like to believe that the gauze-wrapped skeleton in your church was a time lord, whose sight and touch could help to save your soul' - The London Review of Books 'Suitable for goths, art historians and everyone in between ... Incredible relics' - Book Depository
ISBN: 9780500251959 ISBN-10: 0500251959 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 192 Published: 1st September 2013 Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 24.8 x 17.9
Weight (kg): 0.84
Edition Number: 1