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Chronicle of the Popes: The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Papacy over 2000 Years Hardcover – November 17, 1997
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This reference is easy to follow, outstanding timeline references, great drawings, paintings and pictures, but MOST OF ALL it has the brief history of each Pope since St. Peter and also significant achievements of each Pope as well. It also tells about other significant events around the world during the history of the Catholic Church as well. Without this reference book (I consider it a tool) I would be at a definite disadvantage.
This book is a MUST have for Medieval-Church Historians as well as those who are Medieval History Buffs as well.
It's a dizzying journey, and doubtless much had to be left out to fit the entire 2,000 year journey into one volume (two volumes may have been more appropriate). Still, those not seeking details and the nitty gritty of the papacy can come to a cursory appreciation of the office's history and evolution since its founding during the late Roman Empire.
After a 2-4 page preface (not a lot of background) the book leaps into history beginning with St. Peter in the 1st century AD. What follows is far too complex to summarize (which this 240-page book proves more than anything). However, the basic high-level progression of the papacy from St. Peter, to shadowy and difficult beginnings up to the 15th century, to international secular superpower (complete with corruption) through the 18th century, to a humbled return to spiritual leadership of the world's largest church in the 20th century, can be adumbrated. Readers will see most of the highlights of the history, but likely come away with little understanding of the office itself.
To be fair, the papacy heartily challenges any attempt at summarization.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this book!! Excellent resource with quick and easy references.Published 4 months ago by Bambi Lyn
Great, concise reference, but I do wish Maxwell-Stuart would update the book.Published 18 months ago by Stratton
A very informative and interesting book. I did appreciate it and am happy to get a very good second hand one.Published 22 months ago by Manuel T. Silva
Always a question about the popes love to be able to refer and read on! Fascinating information always find more to read.Published 23 months ago by Pat
Pictures, short entries of what their main accomplishments or what they were known for, a timeline and voila - a good solid book. Read morePublished on September 22, 2013 by Lorraine Phillips
Great book, really gives a lot of history. Makes you realize that all popes were not "good"popes. Quite good readingPublished on April 17, 2013 by barbara pinheiro
Another excellent work in this series, succintly laying out the dates and facts, with just enough spiciness to keep you interested. Read morePublished on March 14, 2013 by Dr Garry
Excellent work with lots of b/w and color illustrations throughout. It's not just of interest to Catholics as the papacy had such an influence on history generally. Read morePublished on November 22, 2011 by sally tarbox