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Miri Rubin

Miri Rubin teaches medieval and early modern history at Queen Mary University of London. She is the author of Mother of God: A History of the Virgin Mary.

A Medieval Mrs Beeton

Miri Rubin, 8 April 2010

My dear, because you were only 15 years old the week we were married, you asked that I be indulgent about your youth and inexperience until you had seen and learned more. You expressly promised to listen carefully and to apply yourself wholeheartedly to preserving my contentment and love for you (as you so prudently said following advice from, I do believe, someone more wise than yourself),...

The Virgin and I

Hilary Mantel, 9 April 2009

In my Catholic girlhood she was everywhere, perched up on ledges and in niches like a CCTV camera, with her painted mouth and her painted eyes of policeman blue. She was, her litany stated,...

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