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Cranioklepty: Grave Robbing and the Search for Genius

Cranioklepty: Grave Robbing and the Search for Genius

by Colin Dickey


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The desire to possess the skulls of the brilliant and famous-for study, for sale, for public (and private) display-has in some people been irresistible. And the lengths they have gone to achieve their acquisitions have at times become a comedy of the grotesque.

The after-death stories of Haydn, Beethoven, Emanuel Swedenborg, Sir Thomas Browne and others have never before been told in such wretched detail and lightning vividness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609530105
Publisher: Unbridled Books
Publication date: 10/09/2010
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: Non Omnis Moriar

Part 1 A Most Valuable Relic

1 Mapping the Invisible 15

2 The Music Lover 35

3 "So Was She, So She Is Now" 51

4 The Golden Lyre 66

5 "All the Ferrets Were Set in Motion" 80

Part 2 The Alchemical Body

6 "The Riddle-Filled Book of Destiny" 89

7 The New Science 104

8 Skulduggery 124

9 The Brainowner and His Skull 148

10 Fragments of a Mystery 167

Part 3 The Fate of His Bones

11 A City of Corpses 177

12 Scientific Golgothas 188

13 A Measure of Fame 201

14 Some Last Pathetic Quibbling 213

15 Homo Renaissancus 223

Part 4 Repatriations

16 Homecomings 239

17 Rival Skulls 249

18 The Ruined Bridges to the Past 267

19 Hoaxes and Ringers 283

20 The End of the End of the Story 294

Bibliography 303

Index of Names 307

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Cranioklepty: Grave Robbing and the Search for Genius 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
I never really thought much about the skulls of people who were incredibly smart but after reading this book, I must admit that I find the subject intriguing. I'm not saying I'm going to go searching for some skulls to keep in my basement, but I enjoyed reading Colin's book. It's informative and well written. A great Halloween read!