The Quest for the Holy Grail (part 18)

18 – The Turin Shroud




So here we are at the end of another historical investigation, one in which we verified the existence of King Arthur, & also discovered that the legend of the Holy Grail was based, in fact, upon the burial shrouds of St Thomas of India! This artefact was also known as the Mandylion, which I believe was taken by the Knights Templars & secretly sequestered in the vaults of Rosslyn Chapel. In recent decades, a number of scholars have postulated that the Mandylion was in fact the Turin Shroud, so before I wrap up my grail quest I’m just gonna show how that particular line of investigation has no legs!




Back in 1988, after a sample of the Turin Shroud was tested for Carbon Dating, the Vatican’s Cardinal Ballestrero announced the shroud came into being at some point during the period 1260-1390 CE.  In spite of this, many scholars are skeptical of the results, citing possible errors in the date springing from bad practice, a repair in the cloth, or possible corruptions in the molecules acquired during the shroud’s exposure fire & water damage… & steadfastly refuse to accept the findings.




The shroud first officially seen in the possession of the de Charneys, the founders of the church at Lirey, near Troyes, where the ‘Holy Winding Sheet,’ was first put on display.  The initial reaction to the shroud,made by two local bishops, was that it was nothing but a painting, with Bishop Henri de Poitiers (1354-1370), even stating he knew “the artist who had painted it.” This notion was confirmed in a 1390 memorandum composed by Bishop Pierre d’Arcis, who declared the shroud had been ‘cunningly painted.’ These days, the paint has all but faded from the shroud, leaving a negative imprint rather like the ones pressed leaves leave behind in books as they release lactic acid.

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In the early 15th century, the de Charneys decided to hand the shroud over to the Duke and Duchess of Savoy , their distant relatives, who just so happened to live in Turin. I mean, its not rocket science -the Turin Shroud turns up in history at just the same time that Carbon Dating says it was created!
However, I now believe that the Turin Shroud is in fact a copy of the Mandylion, made by the de Charneys in the mid 1300s.  Presupposing that the Mandylion was in Scotland after 1307, then let us examine the movements of Sir Geoffrey de Charney, the founder of the church at Lirey. He was probably Europe’s most admired knight at the time, a wielder of many honours & much social power. We can place him in Scotland on two separate occasions; the Chronicles of Froissart stating he was on good terms with man of Scotland’s noblemen, as in;
Mctray Duglas and the erle Morette knewe of their comynge, they wente to the havyn and mette with them, and receyved them swetely, sayeng howe they were right welcome into that countrey. And the barons of Scotlande knewe ryght well sir Geffray de Charney, for he had been the somer before two monethes in their company: sir Geffray acquaynted them with the admyrall, and the other knyghtes of France
The idea is that on encountering the Mandylion on his first visit to Scotland, little Geoff of Lirey (as opposed to Big Geoff of Monmouth) returns with his best painter to copy the thing… & with that wee premise, I shall take my seat at the Siege Perilous, & banquet healthily through the Winter.





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