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A history of the popes : from Peter to the present

Author: John W O'Malley
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Sheed & Ward, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
Church historian John W. O'Malley examines the 265 individuals who have claimed to be Peter's successors. Rather than describe each pope one by one, the book focuses on the popes that shaped pivotal moments in both church and world history. --from publisher description.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John W O'Malley
ISBN: 9781580512275 1580512275 9781580512282 1580512283
OCLC Number: 318421403
Description: xvi, 351 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface --
Introduction --
Part I: From the margins to the center of the Roman world --
Peter : bishop of Rome? --
After Peter and Paul --
Constantine : the thirteenth apostle --
Prosperity to crisis : Damasus and Leo the Great --
Gregory the great --
Part II: Bringing order out of chaos --
Greeks, Lombards, Franks --
Charlemagne : savior or master? --
Their darkest hour --
Saving the papacy from itself --
Gregory VII : who's in charge here? --
Part III: Development, decline, disarray --
Compromises, crusades, councils, concordats --
Innocent III : vicar of Christ --
Boniface VIII : big claims, big humiliation --
Avignon : the Babylonian captivity --
Three popes at a time : the great western schism --
Part IV: Renaissance and Reformation --
The restored papacy --
The Renaissance popes --
Luther, Leo, and the aftermath --
Paul III : a turning point --
Five popes and a council --
The new Rome --
Part V: Into the modern era --
The storm breaks --
Pius VII : bowed down and raised up --
Beleaguered, infallible, and prisoner again --
Leo XIII : searching for solutions --
Pius X : confronting modern culture --
Part VI: The papacy as a global institution --
War, peace, fascism --
Pius XII : saint or sinner? --
John XXIII : peace and reconciliation --
Paul VI : in a tight spot --
John Paul II : the world is my parish.
Responsibility: John W. O'Malley.


"A History of the Popes" tells the story of the oldest living institution in the Western world--the papacy. Acclaimed church historian O'Malley's engaging narrative examines the 265 individuals who  Read more...
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Documenting fifteen hundred years of history in 300 pages is a daunting task, but one that priest and Georgetown University professor O'Malley handles with gusto and a fair hand; considering the Read more...

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