According to a mediaval story Mary Magdalene, her brother Lazarus, her sister Martha and a few others crossed the Mediterranean in a small boat and landed in France. Mary Magdalene is said to then have converted everyone in the Provence, before retiring to do penitence for her sins.
The penitence became a popular subject in arts. Usually an almost naked Mary Magdalene is shown, often reading or meditating.
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