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The Shroud of Turin has caused much controversy in the latter part of this century most of it dealing with its authenticity It is held by many that this is indeed the burial shroud of Jesus Christ and the image found on the shroud was burned in-for lack of a better word-during the resurrection This subject has appeared throughout numerous forms of media ranging from television specials on networks such as Discovery and The Learning Channel to magazines newspapers books and even the Internet One should not be surprised that a host of web pages have dedicated themselves to one side of the argument or another Despite the few arguments used to disprove its authenticity which under light hold no real value there is by far too much evidence to arrive at any other conclusion except that it is indeed the burial shroud of Jesus ChristDisregarding the very extreme doubting researchers in the field the Shrouds history can be traced back undisputedly to the Middle Ages where a French knight named Geoffrey de Charny was in possession of the Shroud whom many say acquired it from Constantinople Wilson After the knights death the Shroud stayed in his family as it was passed down to his son By the early 1400s the Shroud was moved to the castle of Montfort as to protect it from hostile invaders MarkwardtOver the next hundred years the Shroud changed hands and places only to wind up at the Royal Chapel of Chambry Castle as much fear that the constant moving might cause damage or destroy it caused it to reside there some time Until the late 1800s the Shroud saw nothing more than the rare showings to the public and changed hands when necessary to protect it from the chaotic war like state Europe seemed to be constantly in It was not until 1898 when an Italian attorney named Secundo Pia took the first actual photograph of the Shroud DMuhala
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