Mother of God A History of the Virgin Mary

ISBN-10: 0300164327

ISBN-13: 9780300164329

Edition: 2009

Authors: Miri Rubin

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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 sourcesincluding music, poetry, theology, art, scripture, and miracle talesRubin 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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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 3/16/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.760

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Writing about Mary: An Introduction
From Temple Maiden to the Bearer of God: To the Year 431
The Earliest Glimpses of Mary
Mary in a Christian Empire
Versions of Mary
Mary of the Imperial State
From the Eastern Mediterranean to the Irish Sea: To the Year 1000
Mary of the Christian Empire
Beyond the Greek World
The Emergence of European Mary
The Emergence of Mary's Hegemony: 1000-1200
Mary of the Cloister
Mary of Polemic and Encounter
Abundance and Ubiquity
Mary, Local and Familiar: 1200-1400
Mary in Liturgy, Song and Prayer
Mary, the Friars, and the Mother Tongue
Teaching Mary in Parish and Home
Mary's Miracles as Reward and as Punishment
Mary at the Foot of the Cross
Mary and Women, Mary and Men
Mary as Queen and Reformer: 1400-1500
Mary the Sublime
Mary: Unlike Any Other
Mary of Parish Practice and Family Life
Mary: A World of Devotional Possibilities
Mary Reformed, Mary Global: 1500 and Beyond
Mary of Reform and Reformation
From Europe to the Rest of the World
Mary in a World of Neighbouring Diversity
After Mary: A Conclusion
A Few Comments on Scholarship and Reading
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