Monday, February 23, 2009

The Holy Grail Mystery Solved

The author is Frank C Tribbe.

The copy I bought through Amazon was sgned and dedicated by Tribbe to a pastor who'd previously interviewed him. Also inside were two letters from the author to the pastor.

This quotation from one of the letters pretty much sums up the book's stance:

"Several of the Turin Shroud scientific researchers are now convinced, as I am, that the Face on the Turin Shroud is the true source of the Holy Grail stories. For the first millenium the Shroud was folded in a casket with only the Face showing, surrounded by a cloth-of-gold with lattice pattern -- early French greile, or grill, then grail. Legends, pilgom stories and bits of history, plus writers' and troubadours' imagination did the rest."

Well -- isn't that an interesting theory! There's probably no reason why it could not be true.

However --

This little book is subtitled, "A Fully Illustrated Research Odyssey." Illustrated it is. Research? How can I tell?

This book has a bibliography. It has photo credits for the many photos. The author is obviously well educated and insightful. But how can it be a "research odyssey" when there is NOT A SINGLE FREAKIN' footnote or reference given for anything? A bibliography IS NOT ENOUGH.

So, if you want to read more about this interesting little idea, this is the book for you. I had a hard time deciding whether to shelve it with my "Arthur" books or my "Shroud" books -- although the Shroud won out.

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