Reviews Jansen, Katherine L u d w i g , The Making of the Magdalen, Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2000; cloth; pp. xvii, 389; 50 b/w plates; R R P £25; I S B N 0-691-05850-4. Mary Magdalen has been a popular subject for books and monographs from the 1930s onward, with a particular flurry of activity in the 1990s. This later period coincides with, and builds upon, the growth of a 'coherent body of feminist scholarship' (p. 14) which m o v e d the study of w o m e n from the margins to the centre of the discipline of medieval studies. Jansen's book, adapted from her doctoral dissertation, concentrates on the promotion of the cult of the Magdalen through medieval preaching, particularly that of the mendicant friars. It commences with the discovery on 9 December 1297 of a sarcophagus at the church of SaintMaximin in Aix-en-Provence by the Angevin prince Charles of Salerno. The remains therein were identified with M a r y Magdalen, k n o w n in medieval popular religion as the first witness to the resurrection and the apostle of southern Gaul. The development of the legend of M a
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Published: Apr 3, 2001
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