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The best book ever written about Mary Magdalen, published now to take advantage of the fascination with her engendered by The Da Vinci Code.

A dramatic, thought-provoking portrait of one of the most compelling figures in early Christianity which explores two thousand years of history, art, and literature to provide a close-up look at Mary Magdalen and her significance in religious and cultural thought.


A sparky and erudite book, packed with information and written with passion

Julia O'Faolain, Times Literary Supplement

A book full of delights, anecdotes, observations; it exhibits a wealth of scholarship, and a passion and charm which are hard to resist

Jackie Wullschlager, Financial Times

Haskins' analysis of the Magdalen myth is a rich and scholarly detective story, an unveiling which is at the same time a revelation. This is an intelligent book, which blends a sensitive and critical knowledge of art with theology and history. It is written with style and a delightful mocking wit, and is mercifully free of tediously inconclusive arguments about sex and gender

Angela Tilby, Church Times

The strengths of Mary Magdalen are real and obvious. It has a bold sweep. It takes an icon of faith and sexuality and trails it through ideas and hypocrisies, through travesties and beautiful representations on canvas and in bronze

Eavan Boland, Observer

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  • Mary Magdalen
    Susan Haskins



    September 30, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    544 pages

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  • Paperback


    January 2, 2006


    544 pages

    RRP $27.99

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