Format Hardcover
Publication Date 09/05/17
ISBN 9781681775081
Trim Size / Pages 8.6 x 5.8 in / 240

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The Gospel of Mary

A Celtic Adventure

Philip Freeman

A young Irish nun finds herself the guardian of a mysterious manuscript claiming to be the lost gospel of Mary, when she realizes that church authorities are willing to kill to get their hands on it . . .

An old and dying nun has turned up at Deirdre's monastery in Ireland with an ancient manuscript on a papyrus roll. When Deirdre reads the first line, she realizes it claims to be a previously unknown gospel written by Mary, the mother of Jesus. The church authorities in Rome have been seeking to destroy this gospel for centuries, claiming it is a forgery that threatens the very foundations of the faith.

Deirdre begins to translate the gospel, but when a delegate of the pope arrives in Kildare searching for the text, she must set out across Ireland seeking safety as the church and its henchmen are hot on her trail. What does the gospel say? And why is the church so afraid of it?

Philip Freeman received his Ph.D. in Classics and Celtic Studies at Harvard University and holds the Qualley Chair of Classical Languages at Luther College. He is the author of thirteen books, including a number of nonfiction titles and his fictional Sister Deirdre series, Saint Brigid’s Bones and Sacrifice. His most recent work, Searching for Sappho, was published by W. W. Norton in 2016. Philip lives in Decorah, Iowa.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“This is a goodly yarn, complete with its fascinating and colorful historical and cultural context, not to mention its dangers and horrors. ” The Providence Journal [Praise for the Sister Deirdre Mystery Series]
“All books about Celtic heritage should be this readable. I hope to hear more of Deirdre in the future. ” Irish American News [Praise for the Sister Deirdre Mystery Series]
“A strong atmosphere, absorbing, well-drawn characters, and a compelling plot. ” Library Journal [Praise for the Sister Deirdre Mystery Series]