Turin Shroud: Prop for medieval Easter ritual?

Historian Charles Freeman believes the Shroud of Turin was created in the 14th century for Easter rituals. Freeman presents his theory in the article The Origins of the Shroud of Turin in the November 2014 issue of History Today. Charlotte Higgins of the Guardian discusses the theory.

Freeman looked at recorded descriptions and illustration of the Shroud, dating back to 1355, and notes the changes throughout history. “Astonishingly,” he writes, “few researchers appear to have grasped that the shroud looked very different in the 16th and 17th centuries from the object we see today.”