The new one starts at the top of my scrawl, with the martyrdom of St.Lawrence by slow roasting, and ends with the Lirey Shroud Mk 2 (produced from the Machy Mould). Unfortunately, it will be too long to go on a single screen, so will have to be divided into two overlapping halves, which meet at the midway point. The latter has been chosen as a critical point in time (mid 14th century) where the Mk1 Shroud is hypothesized to be an intense scorch on newish linen of a metal effigy (bronze crucifix?) chosen to approximate a Knight Templar, maybe Jacques de Molay
of or Geoffroi de Charney, slow-roasted in the manner of St.Lawrence.
The lower half will show that somewhat obvious scorch image being subtly re-processed to produce a fainter image on a darker background, so as to make it seem like a larger, whole body version of the Veil of Veronica, as conceptualized and promoted by Lord of Lirey de Charny (de Charney’s nephew?) and his wife with the aid of two Lirey pilgrim’s badges as an aged sweat imprint (to encourage perception of kinship, causal and spiritual, with the crowd-drawing Veil of Veronica).
That midpoint could be said to be the reason why the Shroud has fooled and tantalised generations of scholars. Moi? I was never fooled, though wavered briefly in the late 70s when reading that Sunday Times supplement based on Rolfe’s “Silent Witness”. But I’ve always been tantalised, increasingly so when each new wacky hypothesis hits the headlines (laser beams, corona discharges, collapsing cloths, and more recently earthquakes and neutrons).
Call me deluded if you wish, but I think my two-step ‘scorch to super-suaire (sweat) imprint’ hypothesis may provide the answer as to why and how the TS came into existence, first to serve one purpose, a tribute to a dead Templar, and then cleverly re-invented in its Lirey years for another (an initially hinted-at image of the crucified Jesus).
I’ll add the two new images later, once I’ve finished all the new layout in MS Paint.
Update: Friday 22 Feb: Here be the top half of the new flow sheet
Update: Friday, 16:50. Here’s the second half. Job done.
Here’s an attempt to show the two halves side-by-side. Will it work? Will text be visible (after clicking on images)? Answer – NO. MS Paint has its limitations.