Beginning with legends and proceeding to history, this fascinating book explores the many facts, myths, and curious customs and superstitions connected with the well-known Christian symbol. In simple, direct language, it recounts the notable events and the stories of people whose lives are interwoven with the history of the cross. Numerous illustrations depict the variety of forms and uses of the cross as well as the symbols that appear upon many crosses. The text, written in a reverent spirit and a manner accessible to readers of every background, traces similarities and the significance of the cross's symbolism in paintings, mosaics, and stained glass. 27 black-and-white illustrations.