A Dictionary of Popes (Oxford Quick Reference) (Paperback)

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A Dictionary of Popes (Oxford Quick Reference) (Paperback)

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This fascinating dictionary gives concise accounts of every officially recognized pope in history, from St Peter to Pope Benedict XVI, as well as all of their irregularly elected rivals, the so-called antipopes. Each pope and antipope's entry covers his family and social background and
pre-papal career as well as his activities in office. Also, an appendix provides a detailed discussion and analysis of many topics including the theory that there has been a female pope. This new edition reflects the very latest in papal research and contains additional information in the further
reading sections of each entry, making the book an even more useful starting place for research into specific pontiffs. Moreover, the entries are arranged chronologically, creating a continuous history of the papacy over almost 2,000 years. It reveals how, for much of that history, spiritual and
temporal power has been inextricably mingled in the person of the pope. A fascinating read for students of theology and history, as well as the general reader with an interest in Christian history.
J. N. D. Kelly was a former principal of St Edmund Hall, Oxford, and a Fellow of the British Academy. Michael Walsh has written extensively on the history of the Church.
Product Details ISBN: 9780199295814
ISBN-10: 0199295816
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: February 22nd, 2010
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: Oxford Quick Reference