Re: McKinley: mary magdalen in fiction?

From: Katherine Hartsough <>
Date: Mon Oct 30 2000 - 03:30:14 PST

  Are you studying in Avignon? Kind of a coincidence, because I'm studying
in Bordeaux this year. It's also in the south of France, though in the
southwest, near the Atlantic. Are you studying French?
  I'm a bit hard up for english books here. I brought a few with but
immediately devoured them upon arrival, because at the time I was in some
rather icky, depressing dorms. Unfortunately, none of my McKinley books
were really the proper size to take with me to France. And the British
bookstore here has high prices. Moreover, I don't think they even had
anything by McKinley.

>From: Maren Hanlon Williams <>
>Subject: Re: McKinley: mary magdalen in fiction?
>Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2000 12:11:27 -0500
>At 11:22 PM 10/23/2000 EDT, you wrote:
> >hello! i was wondering if any of y'all had read any fictional books about
> >mary magdalen(i thought i remembered someone mentioning a young adult
> >about her on this list, but i couldn't remember the title or author...),
>You're probably looking for _Song of the Magdalen_ by Donna Jo Napoli, who
>also wrote _Zel_, a rewrite of Rapunzel. It's been a few years since I've
>read it, but as I remember it was quite good.
>And a Mary Magdalen-related aside for anyone who cares: many French people
>seriously believe that she had children with Jesus and that the early
>rulers of France, the Merovingians, were direct descendants of them (this
>partly explains French egotism). Next semester, I will be living in
>Avignon, about thirty miles from where Mary Magdalen and the Virgin Mary
>are said to have drifted ashore when they came to France. There is now a
>tiny town there, in the middle of a swamp, called Les Saintes-Maries-de-Mer
>in their honor. By the way, the French also lay claim to Merlin--they say
>he came from Brittany.
>Maren Hanlon Williams
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