Who would the mother of Jesus Christ have looked to in her hour of need? How would she have have attempted to piece together the events surrounding her son’s brutal death? What were the rituals and guidance that she would have sought out in the terrible aftermath?
The author Colm Tóibín discusses writing from the perspective of Mary, in his Booker-shortlisted novel The Testament of Mary, which has also been performed as a monologue by Fiona Shaw.
Tóibín explores what the experience may have been like for a mother grieving for her son, and why she may have prayed to pagan Gods such as Apollo, who were widely worshipped at the time.