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January 28, 2013

BBC Four - The Saint and the Hanged Man (2011)

On the journey to Rome to clear his name, Cantilupe unexectedly dropped dead. It was the best career move he had ever made.

In 1307, the sleepy town of Hereford was awoken with an inquiry called by the Church to investigate whether a dead English bishop was actually a miracle-worker and should be made into a saint after performing several alleged miracles that included the resurrection of a hanged man, executed by the state and hanged twice just to make sure he was dead and he somehow came back to life. A papal court would use all the instruments of legal process - witness statements, forensic evidence, cross-examination - to prove whether it was truly a miracle.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 28, 2013 10:28 AM