Synopses & Reviews
An Exploration of the extent and limitations of Papal power in the period after the Council of Trent in the mid-Sixteenth century, during the 'long' history of the Counter-Reformation. Europe and the wider world were religiously divided in the build-up to the French revolution. The book Challenges the view that the development of Papal authority during this period simply reflected the 'Absolutism' of secular governments of the European Ancien regime.
Examines multiple commitments of the Popes of this period, including: the Bishop of Rome, Metropolitan of the Roman Ecclesiastical Province, Primatial Leader of the Italian Church, Patriarchal of the Catholic Church in Western Europe, Supreme Pontiff, Ruler of the Papal States in Central Italy.
A history of the Papacy covering the vital period from the Renaissance through the Counter Reformation to the period of the French Revolution. Its a broad survey analysing the influence of Papal power not only across Europe but the wider world also.