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Mother of God: A History of the Virgin Mary

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Publisher Comments:

How did the Virgin Mary, about whom very little is said in the Gospels, become one of the most powerful and complex religious figures in the world? To arrive at the answers to this far-reaching question, one of our foremost medieval historians, Miri Rubin, investigates the ideas, practices, and images that have developed around the figure of Mary from the earliest decades of Christianity to around the year 1600. Drawing on an extraordinarily wide range of sources—including music, poetry, theology, art, scripture, and miracle tales—Rubin reveals how Mary became so embedded in our culture that it is impossible to conceive of Western history without her.

In her rise to global prominence, Mary was continually remade and reimagined by wave after wave of devotees. Rubin shows how early Christians endowed Mary with a fine ancestry; why in early medieval Europe her roles as mother, bride, and companion came to the fore; and how the focus later shifted to her humanity and unparalleled purity. She also explores how indigenous people in Central America, Africa, and Asia remade Mary and so fit her into their own cultures.

Beautifully written and finely illustrated, this book is a triumph of sympathy and intelligence. It demonstrates Marys endless capacity to inspire and her profound presence in Christian cultures and beyond.

Review:

"At first glance, it would seem that attempts to write histories of biblical characters must be hampered by the sparsity of extracanonical writings that inform our understandings of the Bible's people. But sometimes an individual rises from the pages of Scripture to take on a role so central, so important to Christendom's self-understanding that legend and devotion supersede historical verities. Rubin, professor of history at Queen Mary University of London, brings to this work a panoramic view of Mary's impact on the evolution and growth of Christianity, especially Catholic Christianity. Mary emerges in this study as a multifunctional Swiss army knife of spirituality, variously used as a model of motherhood, an object of devotion and a focal point of conflict among Christian believers. But she also serves as a useful tool to help all believers 'reflect on the uses of the feminine in private yearnings and public supplications.' In the end, Mary is as complex as is Christianity itself. Rubin's study goes a long way toward helping readers understand Mary and deserves a wide readership. 32 color, 8 b&w illus. not seen by PW." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Miri Rubin is professor of history, Queen Mary University of London. She lives in Cambridge, UK.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300105001
Subtitle:
A History of the Virgin Mary
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Author:
Rubin, Miri
Subject:
REL104000
Subject:
Christian Theology - Mariology
Subject:
Christianity - History - General
Subject:
Christianity - History - Catholic
Subject:
Christian saints
Subject:
Mary
Subject:
Church History
Subject:
Christianity - Mariology
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20100316
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
29 color illus.
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 1.75 lb

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Mother of God: A History of the Virgin Mary
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Product details 560 pages Yale University Press - English 9780300105001 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "At first glance, it would seem that attempts to write histories of biblical characters must be hampered by the sparsity of extracanonical writings that inform our understandings of the Bible's people. But sometimes an individual rises from the pages of Scripture to take on a role so central, so important to Christendom's self-understanding that legend and devotion supersede historical verities. Rubin, professor of history at Queen Mary University of London, brings to this work a panoramic view of Mary's impact on the evolution and growth of Christianity, especially Catholic Christianity. Mary emerges in this study as a multifunctional Swiss army knife of spirituality, variously used as a model of motherhood, an object of devotion and a focal point of conflict among Christian believers. But she also serves as a useful tool to help all believers 'reflect on the uses of the feminine in private yearnings and public supplications.' In the end, Mary is as complex as is Christianity itself. Rubin's study goes a long way toward helping readers understand Mary and deserves a wide readership. 32 color, 8 b&w illus. not seen by PW." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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