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  vii Contents List of Illustrations ix Acknowledgments xi 1 Finding St. Nicholas 1 2 Out of a Dying World Comes a Light 19 3 Three Gifts and One Election 55 4 The Work of Victory 97 5 Riots, Beheadings, and Other Near Misfortunes 131 6 Death Is Only the Beginning 165 Notes 193 Recommended Reading 225 Index 227 This page intentionally left blank ...