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The Popes: A History

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    Viscount John Julius Norwich(Author)

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John Julius Norwich examines the oldest continuing institution in the world, tracing the papal line down the centuries from St Peter (traditionally - but by no means historically - the first Pope) to the present. Of the 280-odd holders of the supreme office, some have unquestionably been saints; others have wallowed in unspeakable iniquity.

One was said to have been a woman, her sex being revealed only when she improvidently gave birth to a baby during a papal procession. Almost as shocking was Formosus whose murdered corpse was exhumed, clothed in pontifical vestments, propped up on a throne and subjected to trial.

From the glories of Byzantium to the decay of Rome, from the Albigensian Heresy to controversy within the Church today, The Popes is superbly written, witty and revealing.

"The stories are glorious...stuffed with monsters, absurdities, wonders and politics... the parade is endlessly interesting" Scotsman "Norwich certainly has an eye for the tiny detail that illuminates a whole character" Mail on Sunday "A highly readable book" Sunday Times "One of the most bizarre and enjoyable history books I've ever read" Daily Express "[John Julius Norwich] approaches his vast canvas with broad brush strokes, dashing off profile after profile with aplomb, flashes of wit and a formidable accumulation of detail" Financial Times

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  • By Calum on 17 June 2011

    This is a great book full of information, This book taught me so much about the Popes and religion in general. The book is well researched and contains all the information needed. John provides great insight into every Pope, however the main chapters focus on the most influential Popes and those that have really provided some historical importance. The book overall is great and has inspired me to look into more books by John Julius Norwich who seems to be a great author and has some great historical books.

  • By clare on 27 July 2017

    Good read

  • By Kaywire on 21 December 2016

    Husband said it was very good.

  • By Ricky on 12 March 2015

    No titillating smut. What a let down.

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