Elizabeth Bruenig is an opinion columnist for The Washington Post. (November 2019)

IN THE REVIEW

Jesus, Mary, and Mary

Virgin Whore

by Emma Maggie Solberg

The Magdalene in the Reformation

by Margaret Arnold
It is curious to note that, compared with our oft-maligned medieval predecessors, we might be somewhat puritanical. Their more durable faith may be one reason why this is so, but their view of sex itself may be another.