Major New Book by Giulio Fanti and Pierandrea Malfi

Being published in English

imageScheduled to be released on June 30, Turin Shroud: First Century after Christ by Giulio Fanti  and Pierandrea Malfi may now be pre-ordered at  The price for this 500 page, hardcover book is $79.95. No other formats such as Kindle have been announced.

The description of the book at Amazon reads:

The Turin Shroud is the most important and studied relic in the world. Many papers on it have recently appeared in important scientific journals. Scientific studies on the relic until today fail to provide conclusive answers about the identity of the enveloped man and the dynamics regarding the image formation impressed therein. This book not only addresses these issues in a scientific and objective manner but also leads the reader through new search paths. It summarizes the results in a simple manner for the reader to comprehend easily. Many books on the theme have been already published, but none of them contains such a quantity of scientific news and reports. The most important of them is the following: the result of the 1988 radiocarbon dating is statistically wrong and other three new dating methods demonstrate that the Shroud has an age compatible with the epoch in which Jesus Christ lived in Palestine. A numismatic analysis performed on Byzantine gold coins confirms this result. This book is, therefore, very important with respect to the Turin Shroud. It is unique in its genre and a very useful tool for those who want to study the subject deeply.

The following Table of Contents is not included on the Amazon site. It was furnished by an anonymous reader of this blog.


Part 1: Description and Traces of the Sheet that Challenges Science

  • The Shroud: an identikit
  • Historical evidence
  • Numismatic investigation
    Part 2: The Fascinating Dating Quest

  • Radiocarbon "distraction"
  • Journey of a flax thread
  • Inquiries into alternative chemical dating
  • The Mechanical Multi-Parametric Dating Method
    Part 3: Something More about the Shroud

  • Shroud samples spread for scientific research
  • Recent and future developments
  • Additional questions and answers


Appendix: Notes for more interested readers

Book Details from the Amazon site:

  • Hardcover: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Stanford (June 30, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9814669121
  • ISBN-13: 978-9814669122
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds

4 thoughts on “Major New Book by Giulio Fanti and Pierandrea Malfi”

  1. How to riddle out a numismatic dream… ?

    I have read that Santa Maria della Misericordia (in the past a Catholic church
    in Venice) has been transformed into a mosque for the Venice Biennale.
    Venice is without a doubt the most tolerant city in Italy…

    But I think it might be better to fill the former church with panels
    illustrating the numismatic dating by prof. Giulio Fanti …
    Excuse me for the challenge, perhaps the one proposed is a bit ‘too like:
    “The Knight Templar of the Holy Shroud and the defense of Christianity” …


    I want to highlight my doubt: if we are not capable of defending our tolerance, then after we will be forced to undergo invasive ignorance of others …

    >The Mosque: First Mosque in the Historic City of Venice, is located in a former Catholic church in the Cannaregio neighbourhood and will serve as a place of activity for the Venice Muslim Community and includes educational and cultural programmes for the public.
    >According to the NY Times, Büchel “wanted a church to host the mosque in order to create a quintessentially Venetian layering of cultures”.


    So … as a remedy to the widespread ignorance
    I think you could set up an exhibition in Venice
    on “numismatic dating” of the Shroud.
    But, here, I don’t want to be taken for a “retrograde crusader”
    because my proposal is just a harmless form of “digital protest” …

    In addition, the exhibition should be a financial burden of those
    who propose the “numismatic dating”. Maybe the editor of the book and
    the authors (= Eng.s Fanti and Malfi) might try to organize it.
    In any case I think that if you accurately look (all around the world),
    I believe that you find someone who is willing to finance it.

    However, it remains unsolved the riddle of the reaction
    of the orthodox Islamic world (and here I am not speaking of heretics
    of the Ahmadiyya Movement) in front of the famous image of Christ.


    The information about the visit to the Shroud by the ”heretic imam”
    appeared also in this blog…

    Now I have found another information about
    the Iran’s Ambassador Mohammed Taher Rabbani,
    who visited Holy Shroud in Turin five days ago …
    He is the Iran’s Ambassador to the Holy See.
    Rabbani (Doctor of Islamic Sciences) has the same age as me,
    because he was born in Qom on: November 23, 1955.
    — — —
    Any other news?
    Thank you in advance…

    1. I hope that you will not misunderstand my intervention.
      So…: there was no “Quibbling” in my writing intentions!
      — —
      See also my old intervention (= November 15, 2014):

      > I have read that Barrie Schwortz (dismitting “Freeman’s claims”)
      invoked the numismatic proof about the early coins (and an
      interesting “numismatic dating” was well illustrated by
      prof. Eng. G. Fanti in her own book …) …
      >So …
      >Now I ask:
      >What is your opinion about the numismatic proof / “numismatic dating”?
      >Isn’t it a strong stone against the strange new theory published in the magazine “History Today” ?
      … … etc. … etc. … …
      — — —
      In any case I believe that controls
      based on AFM technique severely simplifies
      linen fibril analyses.
      — —
      Another question:
      I am curious to see (under the AFM controls)
      what happens when linen samples are heated
      (at various levels of heat) and after these heat
      treatment they are submitted to the famous
      “AFM three-point bending test”…

      I believe that using AFM apparels we can also observe
      (in a good manner) what happens after the coating
      depositions (= painting and subsequent mechanical aging)!
      … But what a pity not to have a laboratory available
      for adequate experiments!

      1. We have to work without destructions.
        But (for example):
        How to work with an AFM apparel in order
        to probe a region sensitive to the bending
        and rotation of the fibril?
        — —
        Excuse me, this (the rotation of the samples)
        is a bit weird idea.
        I have to better study my model.
        In any case we can improve the tests done
        by Fanti and Malfi avoiding the breaks.
        — —
        We require a set of careful mechanical
        and thermal measurements.
        So we can think at a new academic discipline (to start):
        “Nanotechnologies, Fibres Archaeology and Textile Conservation“ …
        I have a smattering of this new discipline and, until now,
        I see only amateurism (for these arguments) …
        — — —
        So the great merit of the new book by Prof. Fanti is to have shown a way. I think that the real work will come later (…but who knows when?) …

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