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The Cathedral of the Black Madonna: the Druids and the Mystery of Chartres

{{9781594770203}}In his book, The Cathedral of the Black Madonna: the Druids and the Mystery of Chartres (282.445124 M345C), author, Jean Markale makes the point that there is such a thing as sacred space and that the ground on which the Cathedral of Chartres is built is an example. He traces the history of the Cathedral, through many renovations, noting its architectural and artistic character--and then delves into the time before the Cathedral to describe the spiritual activity and character of the space then. He describes the similarities between images of the Virgin Mary, to whom the cathedral is dedicated (including her depiction as the Black Madonna), and those of the ancient Mother Goddesses of the area and goes further to compare the enigmatic draw and feel of the area, that has made it a center of religious activity from primeval times to the present. Using allusions to his own life, he suggests the importance of the image of mother, the archetype of the divine feminine, in our psychological and spiritual lives.

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