A History of the Popes: From Peter to the Present

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  • Copyright: 2009-11-30
  • Publisher: Natl Book Network
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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. This simultaneously reverent yet critical book will appeal to readers interested in both religion and history as it chronicles the saints and sinners who have led the Roman Catholic Church over the past 2000 years. The author draws from his popular audio CD lecture series on the topic, 2,000 Years of Papal History, available through Now You Know Media (www.nowyouknowmedia.com).

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. xi
From the Margins to the Center of the Roman World
Peter: Bishop of Rome?p. 3
After Peter and Paulp. 13
Constantine: The Thirteenth Apostlep. 23
Prosperity to Crisis: Damasus and Leo the Greatp. 33
Gregory the Greatp. 43
Bringing Order Out of Chaos
Greeks, Lombards, Franksp. 53
Charlemagne: Savior or Master?p. 65
Their Darkest Hourp. 75
Saving the Papacy from Itselfp. 85
Gregory VII: Who's in Charge Here?p. 95
Development, Decline, Disarray
Compromises, Crusades, Councils, Concordatsp. 109
Innocent III: Vicar of Christp. 119
Boniface VIII: Big Claims, Big Humiliationp. 129
Avignon: The Babylonian Captivityp. 139
Three Popes at a Time: The Great Western Schismp. 149
Renaissance and Reformation
The Restored Papacyp. 161
The Renaissance Popesp. 171
Luther, Leo, and the Aftermathp. 179
Paul III: A Turning Pointp. 189
Five Popes and a Councilp. 199
The New Romep. 209
Into the Modern Era
The Storm Breaksp. 221
Pius VII: Bowed Down and Raised Upp. 231
Beleaguered, Infallible, and Prisoner Againp. 239
Leo XIII: Searching for Solutionsp. 251
Pius X: Confronting Modern Culturep. 261
The Papacy as a Global Institution
War, Peace, Fascismp. 271
Pius XII: Saint or Sinner?p. 281
John XXIII: Peace and Reconciliationp. 291
Paul VI: In a Tight Spotp. 303
John Paul II: The World Is My Parishp. 313
Epiloguep. 325
List of Popesp. 331
Notesp. 337
Indexp. 341
About the Authorp. 351
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