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The Bad Popes Hardcover – Import, January 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble, Incorporated; 2nd edition (2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880291168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880291163
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #404,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on September 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
E.R. Chamberlin is also the author of books such as Fall of the House of Borgia., Life in Medieval France, Everyday Life in Renaissance Times, etc.

He wrote in this 1969 book about John XII, "John seems to have been urged toward a course of deliberate sacrilege that went far beyond the causal enjoyment of sensual pleasures. It was as though the dark element in his nature goaded him on to test the utmost extents of his power, a Christian Caligula whose crimes were rendered particularly horrific by the office he held." (Pg. 43)

He notes, Gregory VII "literally brought the emperor to his knees... By the end of the twelfth century, the emperor had become a shadow and the pope stepped forward to claim dominion over all the world." (Pg. 74) Boniface VIII "had a gift for pungent, pithy speech... Sexual immorality? Why---there is no more to going to bed with women and boys than rubbing one hand against the other. Immortality? A man has as much hope of survival after death as that roast fowl on the dining table there... The god that the world saw him worship was the god of power." (Pg. 111) Urban VI "drank so heavily that the phrase 'Let us drink like a pope' became current in his lifetime." (Pg. 132)

He observes, "It was from here onward that the reign of Rodrigo Borgia took on its lurid colors. Hitherto, the Vatican had been the scene of scandalous behavior; now, the court because actively criminal---curiously, deliberately, perverted...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Valentine on February 28, 2013
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This interesting book requires the reader to have more than a basic knowledge of the Catholic religion or else spend a considerable amount of time researching some of the terms used by writers of religions. Since I have that knowledge, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. If the reader is a Catholic the book will open his eyes and enlighten him.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Luis E Camacho on April 24, 2013
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"The Bad Popes" is a incredible amazing book. Full of details that nobody in your Catholic HS were able to discuss with you. Very good lecture.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By christopher yurkoski on September 17, 2012
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a well written book, a great read for those interested in history, especially those drawn to the history of rome.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. P. Butler on May 14, 2013
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Hard to believe some of the stories of bad popes here were actually true. The Borgia chapter is great. Recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Xseller on April 11, 2013
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It is an excellent and well researched treatise on the lineage of the "bad" popes and a lot about the clandestine attitude of many popes
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I'm disappointed because it's written in "high english," meaning an academic rather than an entertaining style. Therefore you're going to have to read and re-read and re-re-read sentences just to figure out what he's trying to say. Darn! I flipped through a few pages and put it down. I got sucked in by the catchy title. Now I feel like I'm back in college, forced to read a book I don't want to read just to get my money's worth. Well, I only paid a penny but considering you always get hit with the (bogus) media mail rate of four bucks, I feel compelled to pick the book back up and try again...and again. You know what I mean.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Book Worm on February 21, 2013
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Church history has many side and this book reveals some of the human failings in fulfilling the Great Commission. This is a interesting and fun book detailing the intrigues, avarice and ambition swirling about Rome. I read this many years ago and just re-read it and enjoyed this well-written book about the lives of some of our more notorious leaders, their enemies and the times they lived, loved and fought in.
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