Penguin Book

The Sign

Thomas de Wesselow

The birth of Christianity, nearly 2000 years ago, has shaped the whole course of human history. Yet historians still cannot explain how it all really began. What made Jesus's followers claim to have seen him alive again, three days after his crucifixion?

It is one of the biggest and most profound of all historical mysteries. This extraordinary book, based on seven years of secret research by a brilliant historian, finally provides the answer. And it lies an enigmatic relic long assumed to be a fake: the Shroud of Turin. With historical detective work and cutting-edge scientific research, art historian Thomas de Wesselow has discovered that Jesus's followers did see something at the tomb. They saw something real but out of the ordinary - something that seemed like a miracle. It was the burial cloth of Jesus, stained with his body image. This ancient marvel was hailed as a sign of the Resurrection, and kick-started the Christian faith.

As well as a major historical breakthrough, The Sign is a truly thrilling read - and one you will never forget.

Thomas de Wesselow earned his MA and PhD at London's Courtauld Institute, researching the controversial Guidoriccio fresco in Siena, before becoming a Scholar at the British School in Rome where he worked on another of the great mysteries of Italian art history, the Assisi Problem. After a year at the National Gallery in London, he was appointed a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at King's College, Cambridge. He has written on a number of famous Renaissance pictures whose meanings have hitherto defied analysis and has also developed new ideas about medieval world-maps. Since 2007 he has been researching this book full-time. He is 40 years old and he lives in Cambridge.

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Format TPS
234 x 153mm
Penguin Group US (Dutton)
Ed Victor Ltd c/o Curtis Brown Group
Ed Victor Ltd c/o Curtis Brown Group
Ed Victor Ltd c/o Curtis Brown Group
Audio (Unabridged)
Ed Victor Ltd c/o Curtis Brown Group
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