Biography[ edit ] She was born in Viterbo on 24 February In she obtained a post-degree specialization in Paleography, Diplomatics and Archival Science at the School of the Vatican Secret Archives, and in she obtained also the specialization in Greek Paleography. On 25 October , the Vatican decided to publish a valuable reproduction of some of the most important documents of the process against the Templars, among those the famous parchment of Chinon , in the collection of Exemplaria Praetiosa; Frale wrote the historical introduction to the edition of the documents. In June , Frale published, always for Il Mulino, another essay dedicated to the Templars, I Templari e la sindone di Cristo, where she debates some documents concerning the mysterious idol, which was used during the process as charge against the order to accuse the order itself of idolatry, being actually a particular image of Christ dead, which has similar characteristics to the Shroud of Turin.
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Being interested in this historic religious organization but knowing little about it other than as portrayed in popular fiction, I was hoping for a lot of insight from this book. And, to an extent, I received it. Barbara Frale is a historian on staff at the Vatican Secret Archives. The history is well researched and quite interesting, although the writing can be a bit dry in places. Because it is only about pages long, there is a lot of history crammed into relatively few words.
And because of my lack of background on the subject, I had trouble keeping the various popes and political leaders straight, and often had to re-read paragraphs or sentences. I would have like more detail about the popes, the crusades, the political climate, and that would have made the book much longer, perhaps too long for the casual reader and not detailed enough for the serious historians of the period, but I wanted to know more.
All in all, a very worthwhile read. Another part I appreciate is an entire chapter worth of pages citing and documenting bibliographical information. Barbara Frale knows her stuff and this Very well written by an author who knows her research, this book gives not only the background for the Templar Order in its historical viewpoint, but also delves deep into the mindset of the time period religiously, social-economically, and politically highlighting all the intrigues and power struggles between the Pope and the King of France.
Well-written account in clear language by a foremost academic of the Vatican archives about the Templars. Apr 06, Sarah Pangloss rated it it was amazing When I received this book, I was surprised how short it was. In fact, I read it in just one evening. It is packed with reliable and historical information on the Templars. Not an ounce of fiction from this gifted historian - so we are left with "only the facts, mam.
The Templars: The Secret History Revealed
Being interested in this historic religious organization but knowing little about it other than as portrayed in popular fiction, I was hoping for a lot of insight from this book. And, to an extent, I received it. Barbara Frale is a historian on staff at the Vatican Secret Archives. The history is well researched and quite interesting, although the writing can be a bit dry in places.
Jesus Christ's 'death certificate' found on Turin Shroud
Barbara Frale said computer analysis of photographs of the shroud revealed extremely faint words She said computer analysis of photographs of the shroud revealed extremely faint words written in Greek, Aramaic and Latin which attested to its authenticity. Her claim was immediately contested by scholars who said that radiocarbon dating tests in showed the shroud to be a medieval forgery. Dr Frale asserts in a new book, The Shroud of Jesus the Nazarene, that computer enhancement enabled her to detect the archaic script, which appears on various parts of the material. Such a document would have enabled the relatives of a dead person to retrieve a body from a communal morgue, she suggested.