The most complete and thorough study of the Guadalupan tradition to date, this is also an outstanding representation of the historian's art. It sensitively probes every available reference to the devotion and apparition stories related to the Lady of Guadalupe Shrine near Mexico City. . . . Highly recommended for every sort of library.
Lively and engaging. [Poole's] careful scrutiny of sources paves the way for a revealing and sensitive cultural history of colonial Mexico. . . . An important book, one that will endure.
—American Historical Review
[Poole] highlights the relevant aspects of [his] sources, listing and describing the innumerable manuscripts, together with the events and personalities of the time. . . . This study is the most thorough and daring of its kind available in any language.
Poole's analysis of the sources provides a fascinating step-by-step view of an evolving tradition.
Provides an important insight into the development of Mexican national identity . . . [and] illustrates the way in which careful scholarly research can lay bare the roots of a phenomenon.
—Sixteenth Century Journal