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Mary S Mother: Saint Anne in Late Medieval Europe Virginia Nixon

Mary S Mother: Saint Anne in Late Medieval Europe

Virginia Nixon

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ISBN : 9780271058122
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232 pages
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Saint Anne, the mother of Mary, is not a biblical figure. She first appears in a second-century apocryphal infancy gospel as part of the story of the saviors birth and maternal ancestry. Over the ensuing centuries, Annes story circulatedMoreSaint Anne, the mother of Mary, is not a biblical figure. She first appears in a second-century apocryphal infancy gospel as part of the story of the saviors birth and maternal ancestry. Over the ensuing centuries, Annes story circulated throughout eastern and western Christendom, but it was not until the late Middle Ages that a cult of Saint Anne gained a firm footing in Europe. Marys Mother is about the remarkable rise of Anne as a figure of devotion among medieval Christians who found solace in her closeness to Jesus and Mary. Today many Catholics know Saint Anne as the mother of the Blessed Virgin and the protector of women in labor, but few know how she came to be a figure of devotion. Marys Mother brings her story to life for general readers as well as scholars and students of history, art history, religious studies, and womens studies.