What is in the list of Alexios' appeal to Robert of Flanders?
The list of items in Alexios' appeal to Robert of Flanders is truly mind boggling to a modern worldview. Some of the items include:
- the head of John the Baptist complete with hair and beard,
- fragments left over from the five loaves and two fishes,
- a large piece of the true cross,
- the pillar to which Jesus was tied during his scourging and
- the whip that was used.
The reference to “The cloth found in the sepulcher after the resurrection" is diminished by association Either we have a whole bunch of relics with some of them being fake or somebody is making all this up. It doesn’t matter if it was Alexios who did so, if it was an enhancement to a real letter, or if it was in its entirely a drummed up advertising piece. If reference to linens is real, its repute is tarnished by association.
- What of the appeal of the emperor Alexios to Robert of Flanders?
- Is Alexios' appeal to Robert of Flanders a forgery?
- Is Alexios' appeal to Robert of Flanders significant nonetheless?