According to Mary

According to Mary

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Long after the death of Christ, Mary Magdalene is married to a silk merchant, Leonidas, a lover of boys and a Christian convert. Although not conventionally happily married, she lives a quiet and harmonious life in Antioch - until, one day, the apostle Peter comes to the market square to preach and she slips into the crowd to hear what he has to say. She is not impressed, and wants to forget that Jesus chose death, not life with her. But she has reckoned without the apostles who persuade her to write down everything she can remember for, thanks to her upbringing, she is literate in both her own language and Greek. Mary starts with her Jewish childhood and her sense of 'otherness' (she is fair haired and blue eyed while her brothers and sisters were dark), and the terrible slaughter of her family by the Romans which she witnesses. Running for her life, she is rescued by Leonidas, at this point a Roman soldier, who leaves her in a 'house of pleasure' where she grows into a beautiful woman. Then she meets and falls deeply in love with a young man from Nazareth and her life changes.
She follows him as he spreads God's word, healing the sick, the lame and the blind, and preaching love and equality among men and women. And she is with him too on that last dreadful day at Golgotha when she is left to face a bleak and terrible future on her own. Marianne Fredriksson masterfully breathes new life into the figure of Mary Magdalene in this novel of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, seen through the eyes of the woman who loved him most.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 152 x 230 x 22mm | 381.02g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Swedish
  • Export ed
  • 0752825437
  • 9780752825434

About Marianne Fredriksson

Marianne Fredriksson was born in 1929. She has two children and was a well known writer and journalist before she wrote her first book in 1980. She is the author of eleven novels including HANNA'S DAUGHTERS for which she was awarded the Author of the Year award and Book of the Year award in 1994.
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When Mary Magdalene's family is slaughtered by the Romans the small child manages to run away and is found by a compassionate Roman soldier, Leonidas. Leonidas takes her to his friend, Euphrosyne who runs a 'house of pleasure', but she is under strict instructions not to allow Mary to take part in their activties. At the age of 20, Mary meets Jesus and her life changes forever as she forsakes all she knows and loves to follow Him. This is a very controversial, thought-provoking account of Mary's life as a child - her time alone with Jesus and the events leading up to and beyond his crucifixion then finally, her life many years later when the apostles, Peter and Paul exhort her to record everything that she remembers of Jesus's teachings. Hendriksson has done considerable research and deserves to be read with an open mind. (Kirkus UK)
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