Mary, Called Magdalene
Title: Mary, Called Magdalene
Author: Margaret George
Draws on the Bible and secular historical research to present a fictional portrait of Mary Magdalene as she becomes part of Jesus’s disciple circle and comes into a realization of her faith.
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 of those?
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.”