When Did the Shroud of Turin Enter History?
The earliest indisputable date for the Shroud of Turin's first appearance in the historical record is late fall 1389.
A letter kept in the National Library of France chronicles that, at the time of writing, the Shroud was being exhibited in a small chapel in Lirey, France.
The author is a French bishop, Pierre d'Arcis from the town of Troyes, and it is addressed to pope Clement VII.
In the letter the bishop complains that the Shroud is a forgery and is being shown for financial gain.
It is ironic that the only evidence for the Turin Shroud's first appearance in the historical record is the draft of a letter claiming it is a fake.
Seven centuries later, the Shroud's authenticity is still a hotly debated issue and we seem to be no closer to a resolution.
It is nevertheless important to note that, to this day, no one has been able to successfully reproduce it.
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