This book demonstrates the radical nature of Christianity’s understanding of women and their roles, especially in a pagan society that viewed them as little more than property. The variety of women here is striking; poor widows, consecrated virgins, heroic martyrs, but also businesswomen, the wealthy, and an indomitable traveler on a world tour. Each chapter features a concise biography accompanied by writings from the early Church about the woman in question. The Mothers of the Church include: St. Helena, St. Thecla, St. Monica, St. Blandina, and many more. Paper.