St Cuthbert's Corpse Paperback

A Life After Death

by David Willem;

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St Cuthbert's Corpse

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The miracle of St Cuthbert's incorrupt corpse has been the subject of much fascination since his death over thirteen-hundred years ago, inspiring pilgrims, monks, and even the construction of Durham Cathedral itself. Throughout the centuries, Cuthbert's coffin has been opened on six occasions. For the first time, accounts of these openings have been brought together in a single volume, providing a unique history of the saint from his death to the present day.

Including details of his death and burial, the moment when monks first discovered his remains to be incorrupt, and the most recent exhumation of his relics in 1899, David Willem brings alive the mystery and intrigue of the life of Cuthbert's corpse, and tries to answer questions such as, "When did the corpse decay?" and, "Is Cuthbert still buried in Durham Cathedral?"

"Elegant, accessible, and movingly written."
- Giles E. M. Gasper, Associate Director, Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Durham University

"In Christian traditions, curiosity, piety, and awe almost inevitably frame that sensed affinity our own embodiment finds with holy bodies. St Cuthbert's body is no exception as this book shows in tracing varieties of hope, faith, and experience down the Christian centuries."
- Prof. Douglas J. Davies, Director, Centre for Death and Life Studies, Durham University

About the Author
David Willem is the author of Kicking: Following the Fans to the Orient and a former correspondent for The Guardian and The Times.

St Cuthbert's Corpse by David Willem was published by Sacristy Press in July 2013. The ISBN for St Cuthbert's Corpse is 9781908381156.

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Details for St Cuthbert's Corpse

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherSacristy Press (July 2013)
Number of Pages112
Thickness5 mm
Height203 mm
Width127 mm
Product Code4249793
Page last updated 16th August 2018
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