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The Cult of the Virgin: Offerings, Ornaments, and Festivals [Hardcover]

By Marie-France Boyer (Author)
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In this unique book of the Virgin Mary, Boyer has gathered images, attributes, and adornments of the Queen of Heaven, from Ireland to Russia to Portugal, from Mexico to Guatemala to Austria. 190 illustrations, 173 in full color.

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The Virgin Mary is a dazzling icon, frequently escaping from the Church's strict constraints. She is a symbol of faith and hope, as well as one of beauty and celebration. This book explores the many faces of the Virgin Mary around the world and the rites and ceremonies associated with her.

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The Cult of the Virgin: Offerings, Ornaments, and Festivals by Marie-France Boyer has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 05/22/2000
  • Publishers Weekly - 05/29/2000 page 75
  • Booklist - 08/01/2000 page 2079

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Studio: Thames & Hudson
Pages   110
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.32" Width: 8.19" Height: 0.68"
Weight:   1.42 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2000
Publisher   Thames & Hudson
ISBN  0500019886  
ISBN13  9780500019887  

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More About Marie-France Boyer

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Marie-France Boyer is a freelance journalist and the Paris Editor of The "World of Interiors" magazine. Francois Halard contributes to many magazines, including "The World of Interiors, Decoration Internationale, Vogue", and "House & Garden".

Marie-France Boyer was born in 1942.

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Not A Book That Praises Mary, Mother of God and Guide to Jesus  Aug 24, 2006
This book is interested only in proving how Marian devotion is a displacement/replacement for the worship of Isis, Ishtar, Innana and Cybele (it's not) and NOT a clear portrait of Mary per se.

True, the pictures are lush, but are presented in a context that depicts the devoted as superstitious oafs from backwater kindergartens.

I was personally shocked by the amount of adornment afforded the icons. They are STATUES not persons. The hyperactive reverence given the icons themselves is, in my opinion, idolatry. I understand the icon as a guide to prayer... but the lavish icons depicted here are nothing if not ridiculous.

I would recommend Scott Hahn's "Hail Holy Queen" for a better contextual and dotrinal understanding of the person and role of Mary and Marian devotion.

Three stars for pictoral content only.
Beatissima!  Apr 23, 2003
Yes, the text is forgettable, but that isn't why you'd want this book anyway. Forget the Publishers' Weekly review, too; its pseudo-intellectualism merely reveals the critic's ignorance. Black Virgins antedate the 16th century slave trade by centuries, e. g., Notre Dame de Rocamadour. (Not that black Africans weren't enslaved before the 16th century, but the attempt to draw a connection is anachronistic.) The important thing is: the pictures are fabulous! For more enthralling Spanish Madonnas, see Art and Ritual in Golden-Age Spain.

I'm wondering if readers from the Netherlands or Beligium can recommend any publications on their fabric-robed Madonnas (Antwerp, Maastricht, etc.)?

Awesome  May 1, 2001
Normally I am not really much into reviewing, but seeing this absolutely gorgeous and hearthwarming work being used as cheap tourist promotion to lure people into a bed and breakfast establishment hurts me enough as to make an exception. This is the ultimate work for people who are devote to the virgin. Maria devotion is a spiritual matter, speaking right to the heart in stead of the mind. That is exactly what this book targets: the heart. Although the actual level of information on the Maria cult is general and concise, the frequent and beautiful illustrations speak right to the senses, generating a 'feeling' of the Maria cult instead of an intellectual 'understanding' of it. It is sensational in the truest sense of the word. Therefore I would recommend this book to anyone unfamiliar with the subject but wanting to experience some of its awe, or 'experienced' Maria devoters who can rejoice in the beauty of devotional expression to Maria elsewhere in the world. As a book of reference this work is less suitable in my opinion as the factual data is limited (a bibliography or suggestions for further reading is even missing for instance).
There is no other book like this  May 14, 2000
Marie-France Boyer is a very eclectic writer. She can tell you much about Marie-Antoinette exquisite taste in Versailles. She knows better than anybody else the cafés of Paris and "really rural" farm-houses in hidden villages. She writes these books in a cabin she decorated in her Ménilmontant garden (a "village" inside Paris). Her book about virgin cult is not the one I prefer. However you will always be pleased to find there the same attention to esthaetics and practical advice. Wether you think of going to Europe for a pilgrimage or just like the naive imagery around Mary you will want to buy this book. It is also a perfect gift for a catholic mother. If you come and visit us in Nantes, we will bring you to some pilgrimages sanctuaries such as Sainte-Anne d'Auray, Mont-Saint-Michel, Notre-Dame de Callot (a chapel on a tiny island in front of Carantec - Britanny). You will discover there (if they were not yet stolen this winter) ex-voto (gifts made by sailors and sailors wives to Mary after tempests).

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