Mary Wellesley

Mary Wellesley

Dr. Mary Wellesley is a Research Affiliate at the British Library. Her book Hidden Hands: Manuscripts that Made Us is forthcoming

Angels & Saints

Literature by Eliot Weinberger

With a contribution by Mary Wellesley

Angels have soared through Western culture and consciousness from Biblical to contemporary times. But what do we really know about these celestial beings? Where do they come from, what are they made of, how do they communicate and perceive? The celebrated essayist Eliot Weinberger has mined and deconstructed, resurrected and distilled centuries of theology into an awe-inspiring exploration of the heavenly host. From a litany of angelic voices, Weinberger’s lyrical meditation then turns to the earthly counterparts, the saints, their lives retold in a series of vibrant and playful capsule biographies, followed by a glimpse of the afterlife.…
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