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The Virgin: Mary's Cult and the Re-emergence of the Goddess [Paperback]

Geoffrey Ashe

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Book Description

Dec 1 2008
The mother of Christ has taken various forms throughout the centuries—among them are the Blessed Virgin, the Queen of Heaven, the Madonna, and the spiritual mother of all the faithful. Yet despite her high enthronement in the Catholic Church, Mary, as both chaste goddess and earth mother, has her origins in pre-Christian religions, of which the chief deities were female. In this masterly exploration of the cult of Mary, Geoffrey Ashe examines ancinet myths, theology, history, literature, and feminine spirituality to throw new light on the role of Mary in today's Church. Tracing the cult from its origins to the present day with the resubordination of Mary to Christ, this remarkable book also illuminates the spiritual battle of the sexes, a conflict that remains unresolved to this day.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (Dec 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750950641
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750950640
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 12.3 x 19.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,966,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Mr Ashe deploys real scholarship in crisp ironical, stimulating prose' Sunday Times'Mr Ashe makes an honorably sharp distinction between his history and his speculation, and his book is thought-provoking' Philip Toynbee in the Observer

About the Author

Geoffrey Ashe is a well-known and respected writer on Arthurian myth and legend, and is the author of Merlin, King Arthur's Avalon, The Discovery of King Arthur and The Hell-Fire Clubs. He lives at the foot of Glastonbury Tor.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Geoffrey Ashe's book "The Virgin" Dec 23 2012
By Tterrence Saunders - Published on Amazon.com
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A very learned essay if quite unorthodox one on the rise of the veneration of Our Lady in and outside the Christian Church. I'd recommend it to all denominations,Roman Catholic,Anglican,Protestant and Eastern orthodox alike.
Full of historical facts and reference as well as interesting speculation.I have a copy both for myself and my sister.
An exciting book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Virgin: Mary's Cult and the Re-emergence of the Goddess Feb. 1 2010
By Bronwen McKay - Published on Amazon.com
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I absolutely love this book and think that it's wonderful. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in Mary and Her history.

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