Virgin Mary made into ‘normal mum’ to widen Christianity’s appeal

Published on May 28th, 2009 | by Admin

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According to a leading medieval historian, church leaders changed the Virgin Mary from being a “serious, official, imperial” figure into a normal “mum” to widen Christianity’s appeal.

Speaking at the Hay Festival in Wales, Mary Rubin, the author of Mother of God – A History of the Virgin Mary, said the transformation took place in the 11th and 12th century, with images of her knitting and cooking.

She said: “Artists and writers increasingly explore the mundane nature of the holy family.

“There’s an attempt to make Mary into the mother next door, not just the mother of Jesus in heaven, who cooks and does everything that mothers do.”

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