A History of the Popes: From Peter to the Present
A History of the Popes tells the story of the oldest living institution in the Western world—the papacy. From its origins in Saint Peter, Jesus' chief disciple, through Pope Benedict XVI today, the popes have been key players in virtually all of the great dramas of the western world in the last two thousand years. Acclaimed church historian John W. O'Malley's engaging narrative 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. The author does not shy away from controversies in the church, and includes legends like Pope Joan and a comprehensive list of popes and antipopes to help readers get a full picture of the papacy.
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Review: A History Of The Popes: From Peter To The PresentUser Review - Nancy Bielski - Goodreads
This was informative without being overly detailed. There were a few places where I wish there could have been more detail (the popes of the Renaissance), but it was a good read. The style was fairly easy to read too. Read full review
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Part I From the Margins to the Center of the Roman World
Bishop of Rome?
Chapter 02 After Peter and Paul
The Thirteenth Apostle
Damasus and Leo the Great
Chapter 05 Gregory the Great
Bringing Order Out of Chaos
Chapter 06 Greeks Lombards Franks
A Turning Point
Chapter 20 Five Popes and a Council
Chapter 21 The New Rome
Into the Modern Era
Chapter 22 The Storm Breaks
Bowed Down and Raised Up
Chapter 24 Beleaguered Infallible and Prisoner Again
Searching for Solutions
Savior or Master?
Chapter 08 Their Darkest Hour
Chapter 09 Saving the Papacy from Itself
Whos in Charge Here?
Development Decline Disarray
Chapter 12 Compromises Crusades Councils Concordats
Vicar of Christ
Big Claims Big Humiliation
The Babylonian Captivity
The Great Western Schism
Renaissance and Reformation
Chapter 16 The Restored Papacy
Chapter 17 The Renaissance Popes
Chapter 18 Luther Leo and the Aftermath