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Miri Rubin talks to Catherine Pepinster
Mother of God –A History of the Virgin Mary
Hay Festival 2009
Mary’s role in the Gospels is a relatively minor one, and yet in the centuries during which Christianity established itself she emerged as a powerful, strange and ungovernable force, endlessly remade and reimagined by wave after wave of devotees, ultimately becoming ‘a sort of God’, in ways that have always made some Christians uneasy.