Mother of God
A History of the Virgin Mary
Yale University Press, $35, 560 pp.
Miri Rubin’s hefty book on the Virgin Mary is an intellectual romp through two thousand years of Christian history that seeks to explore the Virgin’s role in the shaping of Western culture, society, and religion. The story occupies a vast canvas, and Rubin combines sweeping historical vistas with lively anecdotes and stories of personal piety and economic largesse.
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