This blog, American Madonnas, is a place to learn, reflect and share. We’re always looking for books for our virtual library that shed a particularly strong light on the history or spiritual roots of Marian veneration in the Americas. Here are a couple you might want to make note of:
La Conquistadora: The Virgin Mary at War and Peace in the Old World and the New
Amy G. Remensnyder
Oxford University Press/2013
This book covers a lot of ground but will be of particular interest to those interested in the storied La Conquistadora of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Professor Remensnyder, who teaches medieval history at Brown University, has made a thorough investigation of the La Conquistadora lineage, tracing its origins to ancient Spain, rendering the story in very accessible prose. The book includes chapters dedicated specifically to New Mexico’s beloved Madonna.
American Madonna: Crossing Borders with the Virgin Mary
Deirdre Cornell has given us a wonderful weave of stories comprised of her own faith journey, the extraordinary lives of Mexican immigrants in the United States, and the events in Mexico shaping the immigrant experience. This is done through a sensitive and compelling examination of three important Marian venerations: The Virgen of Guadalupe, The Virgin of Juquila (in Santa Catarina Juquila, a small mountain village in a remote part of the state of Oaxaca), and Our Lady of Solitude (in the city of Oaxaca). Drawing from her personal experiences and extensive research, Cornell has given us a little volume that is courageous, poignant, and always grounded in spiritual integrity. I have savored it twice and have started lending it out to friends. I can’t wait to get it back and read it again.