Tuesday April 7, 2020

An eternal icon, yet still an enigma

Mother of God: A History of the Virgin Mary, By Miri Rubin, Allen Lane, €36

14th March, 2009

Mother of God: A History of the Virgin Mary, By Miri Rubin, Allen Lane, €36

As the title, but not the front cover, suggests, this is an historical not a devotional work, dedicated to the question of how it is that Mary, about whom so little is said in the gospels, could become so imbued in culture as to be both familiar and iconic.

Mary has been through many reinventions. In Mother of God, Miri...

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