Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary

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Vintage Books, 1983 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
Devoting different sections of the book to each of the various roles Mary has assumed - Virgin, Queen, Bride, Mother, Intercessor - and drawing on official dogma, folk legend, art, history, literature and psychology, the author of Joan of Arc: The Image of Female Heroism shows how the figure of Mary has shaped and been shaped by changing social and historical circumstances from the first century to the present day, and why, for all their beauty and power (and indeed because of them), the legends of Virgin Mary have condemned real women to perpetual inferiority. -- from back cover.

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I am in love with the Virgin! Her 4 dogmas: the paradox of divine motherhood and virginity; the Immaculate Conception (HER conception -- uncorrupted by sin); the assumption of her body and soul into ... Read full review

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I am in love with the Virgin! Her 4 dogmas: the paradox of divine motherhood and virginity; the Immaculate Conception (HER conception -- uncorrupted by sin); the assumption of her body and soul into ... Read full review

Contents

SECOND
50
Part Three BRIDE
100
25
163
I8 GROWTH IN EVERY THING
275
ICONS AND RELICs
285
visions THE ROSARY AND WAR
299
2I THe HOUR OF OUR DEATH
315
EPILOGUE
333
St Lukes Magnificat
342
Notes
365
Select Bibliography
395
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Marina Warner is a prize-winning novelist and cultural historian whose works include From the Beast to the Blonde, Managing Monsters (the 1994 Reith Lectures), Indigo and The Lost Father (shortlisted for the Booker Prize).

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