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The Passion of Mary Magdalen by Elizabeth Cunningham
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Nov 25, 14

bookshelves: historical-fiction, spirituality, 2012, celtic-fantasy
Read from December 02 to 18, 2012

The whole Maeve Chronicles series is superlative, highly recommended, one of my favorites. I would recommend it for fans of strong women, Celtic fantasy, Biblical reinterpretation, myth and magic, Goddess fiction, the Mists of Avalon. In a nutshell, Mary Magdalen is re-visioned as a Celtic ex-pat and Jesus' wife, a magical and strong and sometimes foolish woman, and her tale spans the course of four well-researched and well-written books. Written with cheek and humor and glory and beauty, all at once.

In Book Two, The Passion of Mary Magdalen, Maeve journeys to Rome as a slave and whore, makes friends, searches for Jesus, is claimed as a priestess of Isis, winds up in more myth and legend, founds a temple of sacred prostitution, and is reunited with her love. This book intersects with the stories of the Bible most closely - Jesus as he spreads his message and develops followers, his companions, his mother Miriam and the angels that speak to her, breaking bread with all kinds, the last supper, the cross, the morning after - but all from Maeve's perspective, how she sees it, where her version contradicts the version that was written down. Jesus is a man, a good one, but not perfect, which I think is a great way to think of him.

There is some sexual violence in this book, in part memory, in part not.
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