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The Virago book of temptresses - Shahrukh Husain

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Title
The Virago book of temptresses
Author
Shahrukh Husain
format
Hardback
Publisher
Virago
Language
English
UK Publication Date
19981001

A woman is a witch, a snake, a plague, a rat, a rash, a poison, a burning flame and an assistant to the devil' - Robert d'Abbrissel, priest.

Evil Women. Every culture has them. Religions have banned and branded them. Men find them terrifying and fascinating. Women secretly admire them. An eye cast over the impressive if frightening array of characters reveals baby-thief Lamia, a fertile deity from Greek mythology with a serpent's tail who seduced mortals and bred beautiful monster-children; Morgan le Fay, fairy sister to King Arthur, who according to Celtic legend tried to wrest the throne from him using her black magic powers; Medea who wreaked terrible revenge on Jason when he left her for a younger woman; Lilith, Eve, the Queen of Sheba, Delilah, Jezebel, Kali - all wicked women whose names have been with us for centuries as demons and sirens and troublemakers.

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Shahrukh Husain is a folklore and fairy-tale expert.

Fresh and suggestive ... her subject is a good one
DAILY TELEGRAPH

A highly readable retelling of ancient myths suffused with the modern conundrums of relationships between the sexes
INDEPENDENT

A good way to brush up on one's classical education - and pick up a few tips on how to become a temptress along the way
FRANK

When Jason (of Argonauts fame) leaves Medea for another woman, she is determined to take her revenge so she casts a spell which fries Jason's new wife to a cinder. Then there's Lilith, angry at God for chucking her out of heaven, who challenges his omnip
Here are just a few of the women that make up Sharukh Hussain's new iconography. These women are fea

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Good and evil - Fiction.|Women - Fiction.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
224

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