The Templars and the Shroud of Christ

  • by Barbara Frale
  • Narrated by Susan Larkin
  • 8 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Templars and the Shroud of Christ is the second book in this series by Vatican historian, Barbara Frale. The Knights Templar - the most powerful religious-military order of the Middle Ages - almost certainly looked after the mysterious shroud that is now kept in Turin.
Worshipped in a relentlessly secret manner, and known in its intimate nature by only a handful of the order’s officials, the swathe of fabric was kept in the central treasury of the Knights Templar, who were known for their expertise in the field of relics. In an age of doctrinal confusion, the shroud might have represented for the Knights Templar a powerful antidote against the spread of heresy.
By tracing faint clues concerning the shroud’s movements during medieval times, Barbara Frale reaches back into the centuries and explores complex hypotheses on the shroud’s origins and offers a new viewpoint on this controversial relic.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Secrecy and intrigue surround the Shroud of Christ, otherwise known as the Turn Shroud. In The Templars and the Shroud of Christ, historical writer Barbara Frale digs into the Shroud's complex past, tracing its movements during the Middle Ages while under the guard of the powerful Knights Templar, the storied Christian religious-military order. Narrator Susan Larkin clearly and precisely presents Frale's research, adding dramatic flair to her theories on the origin of this controversial religious relic. Minutely researched and boundary-pushing, The Templars and the Shroud of Christ is engrossing listening for anybody fascinated by the history of what many believe to be the burial shroud of Jesus of Nazareth.

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This is one ditzy broad.

What would have made The Templars and the Shroud of Christ better?

Someone who knew more about the shroud then I do.


Would you ever listen to anything by Barbara Frale again?

For comedy effect only.


What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Not all that bad so no comment


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Templars and the Shroud of Christ?

Rewrite the entire C-14 presentation.


Any additional comments?

I am convinced the shroud is first century and is forensically exactly as biblically described. Further, pollen and microscopic mineral annalysis shows Springtime in Jerusalem.

I also suspect, as does the aurhor, it is the exact same article well documented as the Mandylion of Constantinople and was plundered during the sack of that city by disgruntled Tenplars on failed crusade.

If you are orherwise well versed in this matter there is good reason to subject yourself to this weird presentation. Some good stuff on the Templar persecution trials and other tid bits. But know the C-14 was a royal botch job right up their with Piltdown Man. This woman is clueless on the issue.

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- David "Hellicopter Man"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-25-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios