Mary, Called Magdalene by Margaret George

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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 Margaret George

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MARGARET GEORGE is the author of several bestselling novels, including The Autobiography of Henry VIII, Mary Queen of Scotland & the Isles, and Mary, Called Magdalene. She travels widely to research her novels and lives with her husband in Madison, Wisconsin.
 
Published May 27, 2003 by Penguin Books. 900 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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George (Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles, 1992, etc.) again brings a historical figure to life, this time in a low-key but persuasively feminist take on the early disciple who found Christ’s empty tomb.

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George, whose niche is historical and biographical novels, begins this one ploddingly with suspenseless reportage on Mary Magdalene's pleasant, middle-class childhood in a prosperous fishing vi

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It starts out with Mary just being grateful to Jesus for saving her and believing in his word, but eventually she begins to develop feelings for Jesus, complicated feelings that Jesus could not reciprocate.

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Previously, Margaret George has written powerful novels peopled with historical figures already quite familiar to us: Henry VIII, Mary Queen of Scots, and Cleopatra.

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