Mary, Called Magdalene

By Margaret George
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780142002797, 656pp.)

Publication Date: May 2003

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Description
The "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Elizabeth I" brilliantly reimagines the story of the most mysterious woman in the Bible
Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute, a female divinity figure, a church leader, or all of those? Biblical references to her are tantalizingly brief, but we do know that she was the first person to whom the risen Christ appeared--and the one commissioned to tell others the good news, earning her the ancient honorific, "Apostle to the Apostles." Today, Mary continues to spark controversy, curiosity, and veneration. In a vivid re-creation of Mary Magdalene's life story, Margaret George convincingly captures this renowned woman's voice as she moves from girlhood to womanhood, becomes part of the circle of disciples, and comes to grips with the divine. Grounded in biblical scholarship and secular research, this fascinating historical novel is also, ultimately, "the diary of a soul.



About the Author
Margaret George is the author of "The Autobiography of Henry VIII, Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles, The Memoirs of Cleopatra", and "Elizabeth I", among other novels. Margaret first got the idea to write historical fiction when, after reading numerous books that viewed Henry VIII through the eyes of his enemies and victims, she found herself wondering if there might be another side to the story. She became determined to let Henry speak for himself, and it took fifteen years, about three hundred books of background reading, three visits to England to see every extant building associated with Henry, and five handwritten drafts for her to answer the question: What was Henry really like? Margaret was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and has traveled extensively. She and her husband live in Madison, Wisconsin.


Praise For Mary, Called Magdalene

"Colorful and involving... [George] is a powerful writer." —The Washington Post

"A novel of great imagination." —San Jose Mercury News

"Engaging and intelligent fiction that celebrates one of Christianity's great women." —Kirkus Reviews



"The premise of Ms. George's novel is intriguing...with rigorous research, [she] paints the landscape and rituals of Judea and makes 'educated guesses' about her mysterious subject." —The New York Times



"An expansive, thoughtful novel." —San Francisco Chronicle



 

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