The Madonna List

By (author): Max Foran
ISBN 9780973248180
Softcover | Publication Date: March 10, 2005
Book Dimensions: 6.5 in x 9.5 in
384 Pages

About the Book

Rome, 1221. On the death of Dominic Guzman, founder of the Order of Dominican Friars, a list of three names is locked away with the depositions attesting to Dominic’s beatification, and a copy is sealed in an icon of the Virgin Mary that is eventually carried to New France.

This list is the thread that binds the fates of ordinary people caught up in the grand sweep of historical events. The Madonna List traces the lives of two nineteenth-century men across three continents, where each finds himself intertwined with a woman who has been visited by the Virgin Mary.

Bernad Birous is an ambitious and arrogant young Genoan of the merchant class who desires to use the power of the Church to serve his worldly aims, and who comes to believe that he is the chosen of God. Martin Goyette is a young artist from the rural parishes of Lower Canada who becomes enmeshed in the doomed Lower Canada Rebellion of 1838. Their very different lives are drawn together in a penal colony in New South Wales (Australia), where fortune, ambition, and faith determine their fates. A web of mystery, violence, love, betrayal, and tragedy finally leaves one man standing and one broken when the shattering secret of The Madonna List is revealed.

About the Author(s)

Max Foran is the author of a dozen books, including The Chalk and the Easel: Stanford Perrott, Teacher—Painter; Trails and Trials: Markets and Land Use in the Canadian Cattle Industry; Roland Gissing: the People’s Painter; and Calgary: Canada’s Frontier Metropolis. He is a professor in the University of Calgary’s faculty of Communications and Culture.


“Foran is mighty good. This one is definitely better than The Da Vinci Code.” —Globe and Mail

“A gorgeous, harrowing historic thriller that looks at faith and the human psyche.” —Edmonton Journal