Katherine Ludwig Jansen
Katherine Ludwig Jansen is professor of history at the Catholic University of America. Her books include the award-winning The Making of the Magdalen: Preaching and Popular Devotion in the Later Middle Ages (Princeton). Medieval Italian communes are known for their violence, feuds, and vendettas, yet beneath this tumult was a society preoccupied with peace. Peace and Penance in Late Medieval Italy is the first book to examine how civic peacemaking...
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The first person to whom Jesus appeared after his resurrection has been the victim of misrepresentation. Mary Magdalene was not a prostitute. Rather, she, was a woman of wealth whose financial support was crucial to the early survival of Christianity. The special relationship she had with Christ led to resentment among the other disciples, and her reputation was tarnished as a result. Drawing on ancient texts, rare art and research, this far-reaching...