Sacred Mysteries by Christopher Howse
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Sacred Mysteries
By Christopher Howse

Sacred Mysteries

A "Daily Telegraph" Book

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Sacred Mysteries by Christopher Howse

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"I spent a night of Gothick horror in Mexico last week, shut up in the mouldering remains of an old monastery in the hands of an unknown cult." Some churches in Britain still preserve pairs of tongs which wardens once used to remove quarrelsome dogs. Bishops used to wear mitres on top of wigs. Some Jews wear a key as part of their belts to avoid Sabbath prohibitions on carrying things. Until 1968 Catholics ate no meat on Fridays. Man is a ritual animal, and the religious life of mankind is mixed up in the strange customs and habits of every day. In "Sacred Mysteries", Christopher Howse explores the human face of religion. Collecting 90 of the best of his Saturday columns from The Daily Telegraph, he recounts strange lives, finds chickens kept in church, plumbs prayer, examines rites of passage and attempts to understand Islam.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780826494979
ISBN-10: 0826494978
Format: Paperback
(138mm x 216mm x 15mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 6-Jun-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Reflects on the author's many experiences as a pilgrim in Spain. This title takes us on a journey across the Castilian interior, samples the legacy of the Cardinal who invaded Africa, finds the spot where St John of the Cross escaped from prison, and discovers in a mountain shrine the world's largest remnant of the True Cross.

Assurance of Hope by Christopher Howse Assurance of Hope, Paperback (December 2006)

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Author Biography - Christopher Howse

Christopher Howse is Assistant Editor of The Daily Telegraph and also writes regularly for The Spectator.

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