The history of the Shroud is very convoluted and not easy to retrace
in all its steps. In fact, whereas it is quite simple to ﬁnd documents
and evidence of an object exposed, contended, and conserved in the
past centuries near to the present, it is indeed more diﬃcult to trace
it back from the remote past, when evidence fades away and also
mixes up with legends. The 2000-year history of this relic includes
not-easy-to-investigate dark periods.