Synopses & Reviews
For nearly two thousand years the popes have not only shaped the course of one of the world's great religions but have also played a part--sometimes a dominant part--in the history of Europe. Martyrs, monks, noblemen, Franciscans, Dominicans, hermits, and even unordained laymen have occupied the throne of St. Peter. This book recounts the lives and deeds of the popes from Peter to John Paul II.
With timelines, datafiles, quotations, and copious illustrations, Chronicle of the Popes is an essential reference book and a source of discovery and inspiration about one of the richest and most diverse institutions on earth.
This title recounts the lives, deeds and misdeeds of the 264 popes from St Peter to John Paul II. The dichotomy between the awesome dignity of the holy office and the all-too-human passions and pleasures of some of the individuals who have occupied it characterizes the narrative.
For nearly two millennia the popes have not only shaped the course of one of the world's great religions, but have also played a part--sometimes a dominant one--in the history of Europe. This book examines the lives, deeds, and misdeeds of the 264 popes, from St. Peter to John Paul II. 300 illustrations, 100 in color.
"A handy reference work stunningly illustrated."--National Catholic Reporter
About the Author
P. G. Maxwell-Stuart is Lecturer in the Department of Modern History at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.