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The Medieval Manuscript Heist

It sounds like part of the plot from a Javier Sierra or Dan Brown novel, so get ready to read about something like this in a potboiler coming to the bestseller list soon. Via Reuters:

A former church caretaker, his wife, son and another woman have been arrested in connection with last year’s disappearance of a priceless medieval text from the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral in northwest Spain, police said on Wednesday.

The Codex Calixtinus, a 12th century collection of sermons and liturgical passages, vanished from a safe deposit box in the cathedral, the endpoint of the ancient pilgrimage route the Camino de Santiago.

The elaborately illustrated manuscript, considered an important part of Spain’s cultural and religious heritage, has yet to be found, though the police say they are close.

“I think we’re heading in the right direction to crack the case … The main objective is to find the Codex,” Spanish police chief Ignacio Cosido told national radio…

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