The Image of Edessa


The icon known as the Image of Edessa (and later the Mandylion) is attributed to the times of Christ, although its existence before the sixth century is a matter for debate. It was taken from Edessa to Constantinople in the mid-tenth century and all traces of the icon are lost after the sack of Constaninople in 1204. The Image has never had its own biography containing all the known texts and information about this fascinating object. This book provides critical editions with previously unpublished versions of all related texts, translations of all texts into English and a detailed analysis of the origins, known history, possible fate and exact nature of the Image of Edessa.
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Biographical Note

Mark Guscin, BA Hons Degree (1st Class) in Latin from University of Manchester (1984), is currently Manager of International Relations for the City Council of La Coruña (Spain). He has published several books on medieval history and on the Napoleonic Wars, including The History of the Sudarium of Oviedo (2004), The Burial Cloths of Christ (2000) and (in Spanish) Moore 1763 - 1809 (2001).

Review Quotes

"...Therefore, Guscin’s task is immense, but in the end, his work accomplishes the job for which it is commissioned when he writes: “I hope to have met Steven Runciman’s wish for the Image of Edessa to have its own complete biography and history with the present book.”"
Reed Bernick, Paradosis, Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012, at 10:38 am.

Table of contents

List of Illustrations

Part One The Texts and Translations
1. The Narratio de imagine Edessana
2. The Sermon of Gregory Referendarius
3. The Synaxarion
4. The Synaxarion according to Iveron 797
5. The Abgar letters recorded separately in Mount Athos Manuscripts
6. The Menaion

Part Two The Image of Edessa
1. The Abgar Legend
2. The Origins of the Image
3. Edessa and Constantinople
4. The Fourth Crusade
5. The Image of Edessa in art
6. What was the Image of Edessa?
7. Conclusions



All those interested in the history of Byzantium and its fascination with relics and icons, especially those interested in the Image of Edessa (also known as the Mandylion).


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