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A history of the popes : from Peter to the present

Author: John W O'Malley
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Sheed & Ward Book, 2011, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
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A comprehensive history of the popes of the Roman Catholic church, beginning with Saint Peter during the first century AD to Pope Benedict XVI, and focusing on their religious and political influence throughout the ages.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John W O'Malley
ISBN: 1580512283 9781580512282
OCLC Number: 1039357904
Target Audience: Adult
Description: xvi, 351 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Preface --
Introduction --
Part I: From the margins to the center of the Roman world --
Peter : bishop of Rome? --
After Peter and Paul --
Constantine : the thirteenth apostle --
Prosperity to crisis : Damasus and Leo the Great --
Gregory the great --
Part II: Bringing order out of chaos --
Greeks, Lombards, Franks --
Charlemagne : savior or master? --
Their darkest hour --
Saving the papacy from itself --
Gregory VII : who's in charge here? --
Part III: Dvelopment, decline, disarray --
Compromises, crusades, councils, concordats --
Innocent III : vicar of Christ --
Boniface VIII : big claims, big humiliation --
Avignon : the Babylonian captivity --
Three popes at a time : the great western schism --
Part IV: Renaissance and Reformation --
The restored papacy --
The Renaissance popes --
Luther, Leo, and the aftermath --
Paul III : a turning point --
Five popes and a council --
The new Rome --
Part V: Into the modern era --
The storm breaks --
Pius VII : bowed down and raised up --
Beleaguered, infallible, and prisoner again --
Leo XIII : searching for solutions --
Pius X : confronting modern culture --
Part VI: The papacy as a global institution --
War, peace, fascism --
Pius XII : saint or sinner? --
John XXIII : peace and reconciliation --
Paul VI : in a tight spot --
John Paul II : the world is my parish.
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