Alone of All Her Sex

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Author: Marina Warner
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First published in 1976, the author demonstrates a long-lived and continuing process which has been, and still is, used to the detriment of women as she shares her perspective insights into the many-layered construction the fully developed cult of the Virgin was to become.

Devoting different sections of the book to each of the various roles Mary has assumed - Virgin, Queen, Bride, Mother, Intercessor - and drawing on official dogma, folk legend, art, history, literature and psychology, the author of Joan of Arc: The Image of Female Heroism shows how the figure of Mary has shaped and been shaped by changing social and historical circumstances from the first century to the present day, and why, for all their beauty and power 

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