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Popes And The Tale Of Their Names
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2008
THIS BOOK IS AN OUTSTANDING WORK THAT IS INTERESTING, INSIGHTFUL, AND HIGHLY ACCURATE. I AM A CERTIFIED RELIGION TEACHER WITH A SPECIAL INTEREST IN PAPAL HISTORY AND I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED READING THIS UNIQUE STUDY OF PAPAL NAMES. I HAVE READ COUNTLESS BOOKS AND ARTICLES ABOUT THE POPES OVER THE LAST THREE DECADES AND FOUND THIS BOOK TO BE A MUCH NEEDED CONTRIBUTION TO CHURCH HISTORY. I ALWAYS READ PAPAL HISTORY WITH AN EYE FOR ACCURACY AND APPROPRIATE ANALYSIS, AND I CAN GENUINELY SAY THAT I FOUND NO ERRORS IN THIS BOOK AND WAS EXTREMELY IMPRESSED WITH ITS RESPECTFUL TREATMENT, OBJECTIVITY, AND COMMAND OF THE FACTS AND THEIR SIGNIFICANCE. THE AUTHOR'S TALENT OF ANALYZING, ORGANIZING, AND INTERPRETING TWO THOUSAND YEARS OF CHURCH HISTORY IS NOTHING SHORT OF REMARKABLE. THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ FOR ALL STUDENTS OF CHURCH HISTORY WHO WILL NO DOUBT BENEFIT FROM ITS OUTSTANDING RESEARCH AND PRESENTATION.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2009
This a truly remarkable book! It's incredible how an issue that one thinks can be presented in a couple of pages, is completely developed in a professional way by the author.

This book, due to well crafted analysis, gives the reader a whole new perspective of the names of the popes. Anecdotes and careful research makes this a must on this interesting tradition of the Catholic Church. Congratulations!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2008
The world around us is full of great stories. We simply need to take the time to look and listen. Anura Guruge is a world class expert in computer networking who has a fascination with the world and its many stories. He has shared some of these stories with us in his latest book. This is a good read and a well researched reference for every library.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This is an amazing book, delving into the subject of papal names in a way I Have never seen before. Long ago I memorized the names of all the Popes and the years of their reigns, so while all the papal names were familiar, I had never for instance determined that there are 45 names which have been used only once, and 36 names which have been used more than once. The charts in the book are full of details not ordinarily found in papal lists. This is a great book and I read it cover to cover, but it is also a book which will intrigue just dipping into it at random.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
With the organization and detail of an engineer coupled with the communicative skills of a professional writer, Mr. Guruge has provided us with a concise yet detailed and readable history of Pope's names. Why have Popes chosen the names they chose and what is the significance of changing names in the first place? Where did the name-change practice begin and why? These and other questions are give thorough treatment in this specialized history of a topic mentioned only as a sidebar in other papal histories. Testament to Mr. Guruge's logical organization are the three tabular Appendixes that provide a handy quick reference to the Popes which you will find helpful while reading the chapters and as a quick reference in the future. Thorough research and clarity are the marks of this handy little guide. It is a view of papal history I will refer to again and again in my own studies. Very well done.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2008
Popes and the Tale of Their Names has wonderful prose and verbiage and is a fascinating glimpse into the history, trends, meanings and rationale behind papal names. A bevy of photos, tables & impeccable research makes it an entertaining and worthwhile read. Beyond the papal names, the historical background and context are educational and will be thoroughly enjoyed by anyone interested in history or Roman Catholicism.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2011
The item was just as described and expected. Great timing and value according to the product. I really enjoyed reading the book, good information and interesting reading on the subject.
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on July 21, 2013
It is always intriguing as to why certain popes chose the names they chose. Especially some of the recent popes
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