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Mother of God: A History of the Virgin Mary
     

Mother of God: A History of the Virgin Mary

by Miri Rubin
 

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ISBN-10: 0141019352

ISBN-13: 9780141019352

Pub. Date: 02/28/2010

Publisher: Viking Penguin

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

Overview

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 Mary’s endless capacity to inspire and her profound presence in Christian cultures and beyond.

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ISBN-13:
9780141019352
Publisher:
Viking Penguin
Publication date:
02/28/2010

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations....................viii
List of Maps....................xi
Acknowledgements....................xviii
Writing about Mary: An Introduction....................xxi
PART I From Temple Maiden to the Bearer of God: To the Year 431 1 The Earliest Glimpses of Mary....................3
2 Mary in a Christian Empire....................17
3 Versions of Mary....................34
4 Mary of the Imperial State....................43
PART II From the Eastern Mediterranean to the Irish Sea: To the Year 1000 5 Mary of the Christian Empire....................53
6 Beyond the Greek World....................83
7 The Emergence of European Mary....................100
PART III The Emergence of Mary's Hegemony: 1000-1200 8 Mary of the Cloister....................121
9 Mary of Polemic and Encounter....................158
10 Abundance and Ubiquity....................177
PART IV Mary, Local and Familiar: 1200-1400 11 Mary in Liturgy, Song and Prayer....................191
12 Mary, the Friars, and the Mother Tongue....................197
13 Teaching Mary in Parish and Home....................217
14 Mary's Miracles as Reward and as Punishment....................228
15 Mary at the Foot of the Cross....................243
16 Mary and Women, Mary and Men....................256
PART V Mary as Queen and Reformer: 1400-1500 17 Mary the Sublime....................285
18 Mary: Unlike Any Other....................303
19 Mary of Parish Practice and Family Life....................313
20 Mary: A World of Devotional Possibilities....................332
PART VI Mary Reformed, MaryGlobal: 1500 and Beyond 21 Mary of Reform and Reformation....................355
22 From Europe to the Rest of the World....................379
23 Mary in a World of Neighbouring Diversity....................400
After Mary: A Conclusion....................413
A Few Comments on Scholarship and Reading....................425
Notes....................428
Index....................511

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