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     MARIA of AGREDA: Mystical Lady in Blue

Hardcover sold out, softcover reprinted multiple times and readily available

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Maria of Agreda: Mystical Lady in Blue is the definitive biography of this iconic 17th century mystic and a legacy that endures through today. As touted on the book's page at the University of New Mexico Press  (UNMP, 2009), "Fedewa's biography of this fascinating woman integrates voluminous autobiographical, historical, and literary sources published by and about María of Ágreda. With liberal access to Sor María's papal delegate in Spain and convent archives in Ágreda, Fedewa skillfully reconstructs a historical and spiritual backdrop against which Sor María's voice may be heard." The page quotes dozens of readers as well as a former NYTimes religion editor who cites it as a "stirring portrait." Other reviews are cited below:

SMRC Revista: "...a startlingly intimate portrayal of the life and struggles of one of the most influential women of the seventeenth century." 

Southwestern Historical Quarterly: "a real pleasure to read . . . an outstanding contribution to the researching of the Catholic heritage of the American Southwest." "I purchased thiswonderful book and found it difficult to put down. The book is thoroughly researched and so well written . . . [it] will keep the reader intrigued until the end. This book should be on your "must read" list. Enjoy it!  

Catholic Southwest: "Any readers curious about mystical phenomena will find much to interest them in Marilyn Fedewa's engaging biography of Maria of Agreda....Fedewa deserves credit for having brought the story of this once famous nun back to light."

Church History: "Scholars from diverse fields will find in this eminently readable and meticulously researched biography ample material to continue the study of one of Spain's most important--but for many, the least well known--Catholic mystics of the Counter Reformation."

A Contra Corriente Journal: "[Fedewa] fills out a compelling, three-dimensional character [in] ... a spiritual biography of a unique woman who played a fascinating role in the politics of her time."

Colonial Latin American Historical Review: "This well-written book is recommended to the general reader and the professional interested in a unique facet of New Mexico's early history."



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