Synopses & Reviews
Outstandingly reviewed, this is the best book ever written about Mary Magdalen, published now to take advantage of the fascination with her generated by The Da Vinci Code
In this dramatic and thought-provoking portrait of one of early Christianitys most compelling figures, the author explores two thousand years of history, art and literature. The book gives us a close-up view of Mary Magdalen and her significance in religious and cultural thought.
"A work of impassioned scholarship…a powerful book." —The New Yorker
Presents a dramatic, thought-provoking portrait of one of the most compelling figures in early Christianity - Mary Magdalen. This work explores two thousand years of history, art, and literature to provide a close-up look at her significance in religious and cultural thought.
Exploring two thousand years of history, art, and literature, this dramatic and illuminating portrait studies one of the most compelling figures in early Christianity, and provides a deep analysis on the magnitude that her complex story has had on religious and cultural thought.
From the repentant whore of medieval painting to the tattooed temptress of Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ, the figure of Mary Magdalen has endured over centuries as a powerful icon of sin and redemption. Expertly tracing nearly 2,000 years of art, literature, and history, Haskins offers a bold new study of the mysterious Magdalen. A New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
About the Author
Susan Haskins was educated at convents in Singapore and England, and read English and Art History at University College London. She lived for several years in Italy and has worked at Harvard University's Villa I Tatti. She is co-author with Anthony Burton of European Art in the Victoria & Albert Museum, and translator of The Rapid Prince by Paolo Prodi. She lives in London.