Dictionary of Popes

ISBN-10: 0199295816
ISBN-13: 9780199295814
Edition: 2nd 2010
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 1/21/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.220
Language: English

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 the tradition that there has been a female pope. This new edition reflects thevery 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. The entries are arranged chronologically making this a continuous history of the papacy over almost 2,000 years. It reveals how, for much of that history, spiritual and temporal power have 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.

Preface
Abbreviations
Note to the Reader
Alphabetical List of Popes and Antipopes
The Popes
Appendix: Pope Joan
Index

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