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Fourth Mary, The

Author(s): Cleeve, Brian (Brendan Talbot) Pages: 114
Publisher: Capel Date of Publication: 1982
Reading Level: Genre:
Setting: Jerusalem Period: 30 AD (Code: 7a)
Rome Setting: n Christian/Jewish/Pagan: c/j
Mystery: n First Person:
Subject: Jesus - as seen by JudasÕs lover. ---ÒCleeveÕs most recent efforts ... are the stories of people who lived in Jerusalem at the time of the Crucifixion. Written to convey an unorthodox, though Catholic, spiritual view, they defy classification. The Fourth Mary in particular has a striking point of view: that of a servant girl attached to the High Priestess of a sado-masochistic cult, JudasÕ lover; in other words, it is the crucifixion story told from the viewpoint of ChristÕs enemies, enemies who planned it and consider it a triumph.Ó (20th-Cent. Hist. Writers, 137).
Unique Qualities:
Rating: ÒDespite its religious focus, this trilogy [incl. The Seven Mansions und The House on the Beach] graphically portrays the hatred, sadism, and sexuality of characters caught up in events of historical moment.Ó (20th-Cent. Hist. Writers, 137)

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