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An Irreverent Curiosity: In Search of the Church's Strangest Relic in Italy's Oddest Town

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Read David Farley's posts on the Penguin Blog. A tour through the centuries and through a bizarre Italian town in search of an unbelievable relic: the foreskin of Jesus Christ

In December 1983, a priest in the Italian hill town of Calcata shared shocking news with his congregation: the pride of their town, the foreskin of Jesus, had been stolen. Some postulated that it had been stolen by Satanists. Some said the priest himself was to blame. Some even pointed their fingers at the Vatican. In 2006, travel writer David Farley moved to Calcata, determined to find the missing foreskin, or at least find out the truth behind its disappearance.

Farley recounts how the relic passed from Charlemagne to the papacy to a marauding sixteenth-century German solider before finally ending up in Calcata, where miracles occurred that made the sleepy town a major pilgrimage destination. Blending history, travel, and perhaps the oddest story in Christian lore, An Irreverent Curiosity is a weird and wonderful tale of conspiracy and misadventure.

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Farley offers a tour through a bizarre Italian town in search of an unbelievable relic: the foreskin of Jesus Christ. Blending history, travel, and perhaps the oddest story in Christian lore, "An Irreverent Curiosity" is a weird and wonderful tale of conspiracy and misadventure.

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A tour through the centuries and through a bizarre Italian town in search of an unbelievable relic: the foreskin of Jesus Christ

In December 1983, a priest in the Italian hill town of Calcata shared shocking news with his congregation: the pride of their town, the foreskin of Jesus, had been stolen. Some postulated that it had been stolen by Satanists. Some said the priest himself was to blame. Some even pointed their fingers at the Vatican. In 2006, travel writer David Farley moved to Calcata, determined to find the missing foreskin, or at least find out the truth behind its disappearance.

Farley recounts how the relic passed from Charlemagne to the papacy to a marauding sixteenth-century German solider before finally ending up in Calcata, where miracles occurred that made the sleepy town a major pilgrimage destination. Blending history, travel, and perhaps the oddest story in Christian lore, An Irreverent Curiosity is a weird and wonderful tale of conspiracy and misadventure.

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David Farley’s travel writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Conde Nast Traveler, Slate, and many other publications. He teaches writing at New York University and lives in New York.

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andiamo, January 12, 2011 (view all comments by andiamo)
I was expecting this book to be a funny look at what can only be described at a very odd relic in the Catholic church - Jesus' holy foreskin. It was incredibly clever and funny, so it lived up to that end of the bargain effortlessly. What I wasn't expecting was how much history - both Italian and church history - would be woven into the story of a strange hilltop town in central Italy, or how I'd end up learning something and having fun doing it. There's also a fair dose of mystery in this book, as the author takes readers along on his quest to find the holy foreskin - it's a page-turner. This book is highly recommended for anyone who likes Italy, travel, church history, Italian history, history in general, mysteries, or quests - or, really, anyone who likes a tale well-told.
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ISBN:
9781592405497
Author:
Farley, David
Publisher:
Gotham Books
Subject:
Special Interest - Religious
Subject:
Europe - Italy
Subject:
Christianity - History - Catholic
Subject:
World History-Italy
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20100731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
7.90x5.20x.90 in. .55 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

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"Synopsis" by , Farley offers a tour through a bizarre Italian town in search of an unbelievable relic: the foreskin of Jesus Christ. Blending history, travel, and perhaps the oddest story in Christian lore, "An Irreverent Curiosity" is a weird and wonderful tale of conspiracy and misadventure.
"Synopsis" by , A tour through the centuries and through a bizarre Italian town in search of an unbelievable relic: the foreskin of Jesus Christ

In December 1983, a priest in the Italian hill town of Calcata shared shocking news with his congregation: the pride of their town, the foreskin of Jesus, had been stolen. Some postulated that it had been stolen by Satanists. Some said the priest himself was to blame. Some even pointed their fingers at the Vatican. In 2006, travel writer David Farley moved to Calcata, determined to find the missing foreskin, or at least find out the truth behind its disappearance.

Farley recounts how the relic passed from Charlemagne to the papacy to a marauding sixteenth-century German solider before finally ending up in Calcata, where miracles occurred that made the sleepy town a major pilgrimage destination. Blending history, travel, and perhaps the oddest story in Christian lore, An Irreverent Curiosity is a weird and wonderful tale of conspiracy and misadventure.

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