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Biblical references to Mary Magdalene are tantalizingly brief, yet
she continues to spark controversy, curiosity, and veneration. We
know more about her than about many of Christ's male disciples, and
her significance is enshrined in her ancient honorific "Apostle to
the Apostles." But still, as a woman, she remains in shadow. Was
she a prostitute, a female-divinity figure, a church leader, or all
Hallmarked by bestselling author Margaret George's dazzling mix of
history and creativity, Mary, Called
Magdalene is George's most ambitious work yet.
Brilliantly grounded in both biblical and secular historical
research, it depicts Mary of Magdala in the first hundred years of
the first millennium -- even as it peels away layers of legend.
Testaments, letters, and narrative convincingly capture Mary's
immediate and moving voice as she becomes part of the circle of
disciples and comes to grips with the divine. Bridging the gap for
readers of Antonia Fraser and fans of The Red Tent,
Mary, Called Magdalene transcends both
history and fiction to become a "diary of a soul."