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Mexican Phoenix: Our Lady of Guadalupe: Image and Tradition across Five Centuries (Hardback)
  • Mexican Phoenix: Our Lady of Guadalupe: Image and Tradition across Five Centuries (Hardback)
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Mexican Phoenix: Our Lady of Guadalupe: Image and Tradition across Five Centuries (Hardback)

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Hardback 464 Pages / Published: 07/06/2001
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Juan Diego, to whom the Virgin Mary appeared in 1531 miraculously imprinting her likeness on his cape, was canonised in Mexico in 2002 by Pope John Paul II. In 1999, the revered image of Our Lady of Guadalupe had been proclaimed patron saint of the Americas by the Pope. How did a poor Indian and a sixteenth-century Mexican painting of the Virgin Mary attract such unprecedented honours? Across the centuries the enigmatic power of the image has aroused fervent devotion in Mexico: it served as the banner of the rebellion against Spanish rule and, despite scepticism and anti-clericalism, still remains a potent symbol of the modern nation. This book traces the intellectual origins, the sudden efflorescence and the adamantine resilience of the tradition of Our Lady of Guadalupe and will fascinate anyone concerned with the history of religion and its symbols.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521801317
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 1180 g
Dimensions: 244 x 170 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... definitive ... Mexican Phoenix is incomparably the most complete and reliable study to have appeared on the Guadalupan tradition hitherto.' The Times Literary Supplement
'... a careful chronology of the Guadalupe tradition and a record of the rich theological reflection it has inspired over five centuries ... the most thorough and balanced treatment available anywhere.' The Tablet
'Brading recounts in detail the many struggles round this fascinating cult, whose authority just grows as its authenticity diminishes.' New York Times
'This magnificent study ... is a careful chronology of the Guadalupe tradition and a record of the rich theological reflection it has inspired over five centuries - which amounts to a Mexican, even American, salvation history.' Austen Ivereigh, The Tablet
'... a supremely important book ... due to take its place among the standard treatments of Guadalupe.' Catholic Historical Review
This is a topic of central importance in the Mexican collective imagination, by the author of The First America. In a massive book supported by equally massive scholarship Professor Brading focuses on the interpretation of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe over the centuries, from the devout to the sceptical or iconoclastic. The strength of the book lies in its scholarship, its clarity, its judicious comments, and above all in the way it cuts across cultural and political history, the colonial period, and the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.' Peter Burke, University of Cambridge
'Brading's treatment is informative, original, and interestingly laid out. His book has a compellingly-realized dramatic structure which makes the reader want to know 'how the story comes out', while the discussion of abstruse points in theology and intellectual history is enlivened by gripping and often sympathetic biographical portraits, by deep readings of canonical texts, and by a mastery of contemporary debates. It makes a vital contribution to the study of modern Mexican culture and religious life.' Eric Van Young, University of California, San Diego
'... a compelling theological, intellectual, cultural and political history of the powerful image and tradition of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico.' Sixteenth Century Journal
'... Mexican Phoenix offers the results of substantiated and well-documented research. The volume will appeal the the specialists in many fields of Latin American studies, while translated quotations and clear, vivid narration will make this intriguing study accessible to a wider audience.' Bulletin of Hispanic Studies
'Brading recounts in detail the many struggles around this fascinating cult, whose authority just grows as its authenticity diminishes.' The New York Times Book Review
'... a solid, meticulously-written study ... Mexican Phoenix gives its readers expert, thorough and balanced coverage of her documentary history from which to pursue many different lines of inquiry'. Journal of Ecclesiastical History
"This brilliant and deeply researched book looks back at the interpretation of the image and the various roles it has served throughout Mexican history...Brading has provided a remarkable insight into the continuities surrounding religious practice, doctrine, and ceremony in Latin America." Foreign Affairs
"a supremely important book and one that is due to take its place among the standard treatments of Guadalupe. [Brading] casts his net over a wider field, and as a result his book is more comprehensive than other recent works. Also [Brading] deals skillfully with theological and religious matters, terra incognita for most contemporary historians." Catholic Historical Review
"Mexican Phoenix is incomparably the most complete and reliable study to have appeared on the Guadalupe tradition hitherto." Religion
"This is a work of impressive scholarship.... It makes a valuable contribution to the study of modern Mexican culture and religion.... This is a very valuable and highly recommended book." Catholic Library World
"This is undoubtedly the best work yet to appear on the socio-historical meaning of the devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe. The excellence of the writing style, the academic skill of the author to summarize and interpret previous scholarship, and even the quality of the paper used along with judiciously selected illustrations all serve to make this a superior publication. Catholic Books Review
"Brading tells the story engagingly... the book is...a useful reference work on the history of this important devotion." Louise M. Burkhart, The Americas
"...Brading provides a comprehensive analysis of the development of the Guadalupe cult... Mexican Phoenix is an important reference for anyone who wants to understand the Guadalupe cult within the context of Mexican history." Veronica A. Gutierrez, Crisis Magazine
"Exquisite." National Catholic Reporter
"Brading's treatment is informative, original and interestingly laid out. His book has a compellingly-realized dramatic structure which makes the reader want to know 'how the story comes out', while the discussion of abstruse points in theology and intellectual history is enlivened by gripping and often sympathetic biographical portraits, by deep readings of canonical texts, and by a mastery of comtemporary debates. It makes a vital contribution to the study of modern Mexican culture and religious life." Eric Van Young, University of California
"This is undoubtedly the best work yet to appear on the socio-historical meaning of the devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe. The excellence of the writing style, the academic skill of the author to summarize and interpret previous scholarship, and even the quality of the paper used along with judiciously selected illustrations all serve to make this a superior publication. Catholic Books Review

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