Jonathan Keates

Saint & Sinner

Raven: The Turbulent World of Baron Corvo

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Few readers of Robert Scoble’s book are likely to be so pure of heart as to avert their eyes from its distinctly bizarre frontispiece. This reproduces a Victorian photograph of a shaven-headed young man wearing a scapular and some candy-striped bathing drawers, the tightness of which emphasises the contours of an elegant backside. He is kneeling in front of an altar, beneath the image of a female saint. To the left of the picture, partly in shadow, stands a curly-headed boy, naked save for an exiguous white slip.

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