"Dramatic, informative and entertaining...a substantial and provocative book." - TLS
"A work of remarkably elegant and eloquent scholarship." - Observer
"Astonishing and enlightening.... packed with scholarship, imagery, vivid selection, and wry contrastive comment." - Margaret Mead
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Shows how the figure of Mary has shaped and been shaped by changing social and historical circumstances and why for all their beauty and power,the legends of Mary have condemned real women to perpetual inferiority.