The Stolen Bones of St. John of Matha: Forgery, Theft, and Sainthood in the Seventeenth Century

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“A very well written and argued microhistory that tells us much about how useful saints were within the post-Tridentine period. It also does wider scholarship the service of reminding even scholars who should know better that the history of relics, true and false, did not end with the Middle Ages. Harris has a mastery of the relevant literature in several languages which is both impressive and used to telling effect.”—Simon Ditchfield, University of York
Penn State University Press