History's Queen: Exploring Mary's Pivotal Role from Age to Age

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Where Are Some Places You Will Discover Mary in History?


Mike Aquilina is a Catholic author, speaker, poet, and songwriter who serves as the executive vice president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. He is a contributing editor to Angelus News and his podcast, Way of the Fathers, drops twice monthly at CatholicCulture.org.

Aquilina is the author or editor of more than sixty books, including The Fathers of the ChurchThe Mass of the Early Christians, and Angels of God. Aquilina has cohosted eleven series on EWTN and hosted two documentaries. Aquilina wrote the companion volumes to the NBC miniseries A.D.: The Bible Continues (2015) and the MGM remake of the movie Ben-Hur (2016). His book A History of the Church in 100 Objects earned an honorable mention in the 2018 Catholic Press Association awards. He is the editor of the Reclaiming Catholic History series and wrote The Church and the Roman Empire (301-490).

He has published hundreds of articles, essays, and reviews in periodicals such as First ThingsCrisisNational Catholic RegisterThe PriestColumbia, and Our Sunday Visitor. He is a frequent guest on TV and radio, including a weekly appearance on the Son Rise Morning Show.

Aquilina previously served as editor of New Covenant magazine and The Pittsburgh Catholic. He has received honors from the Catholic Press Association, including "Best Magazine" for New Covenant during his editorship and best book in the category of biography.

He lives in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, area with his wife, Terri. They have six children.

Commendation Quotes:
"Drawing on Scripture, Catholic tradition, popular devotion, and some of the most significant moments of Mary's miraculous intercession, Mike Aquilina's insightful and engaging History's Queen provides us with an opportunity for deepening our love for the Mother of God and growing our understanding of Mary's unique role in salvation history." -- Michael O'Neill, The Miracle Hunter, Coauthor of Virgin, Mother, Queen


"A very impressive book that is much needed in our time." -- Steve Weidenkopf, Adjunct Professor, Christendom College Graduate School of Theology, Author of Timeless: A History of the Catholic Church.


"Mary has been central to the history of Christianity since the beginning when Luke painted her portrait in his infancy narratives. Theologically, devotionally, and culturally, Christianity is inconceivable without her. In History's Queen Mike Aquilina deftly disentangles the various threads by which God wove Mary into the story of his Incarnation and love. It is a story that has delighted and challenged Christians from Genesis to Revelation and from antiquity to the present day, here told with sensitivity to its scriptural roots and its significance for how Christians define themselves through devotion to Mary as the Mother of God." -- Rachel Fulton Brown, Associate Professor of History, The University of Chicago, Author of Mary and the Art of Prayer

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The Virgin Mary's part in history doesn't begin and end with her yes to God. Popular Catholic author Mike Aquilina points out that Mary is at the center of history from creation to the end of time and everywhere in between. In History's Queen, you'll learn about the many ways the mother of humanity has left her mark on the great events of time, not only as we see them in the Bible, but also in pivotal events such as Fatima, the battle of Lepanto, and the plague.

In this journey through two thousand years of Mary's active participation in world events, each chapter of History's Queen highlights a Marian intervention that is emblematic of a particular era, and opens our eyes to the ways in which Mary provides a vital key for understanding both our past and our future.

Mike Aquilina--author of The History of the Church in 100 Objects and editor of the Reclaiming Catholic History series--provides a fresh, fascinating, and classical view of history to today's readers, exploring:

  • Mary's centrality in the Church Fathers' view of history;
  • Mary's role in preserving Byzantium during the explosive rise of Islam;
  • Marian devotion in medieval Ireland that inspired generations of great missionaries;
  • Mary's role in military victories at Lepanto and Vienna; and
  • the message of peace received by three shepherd children in Fatima that sustained the world through a century of unprecedented violence and apostasy.