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The Bad Popes Hardcover – Import, 2003

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble, Incorporated; 1st Edition in this form edition (2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880291168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880291163
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Hard to believe some of the stories of bad popes here were actually true. The Borgia chapter is great. Recommended
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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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"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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As one starts to read about the popes, one realizes the humanity of man and the adage: Power Corrupts Absolutely and Absolutely Corrupts. Chamberlin certainly has done his homework in doing research through Vatican libraries and other places where one would find historical letters and documents. Many traditionalists will be shocked and amazed. This book is not for "the faint of heart."
There is humor in his approach to a serious subject. The need for power, money, richs, sex, and evil approach to religion is all here. There is very little left out. It is a shame that this book needs to be updated to include the cast of characters found now in the 21st century. The scandals of the pacy and the Roman Catholic Church especially here in the United States needs to be addressed in a newer edition. The millions of dollars settled in law suits against the church is a part of the so-called perfection of priests, bishops, cardinals and popes.
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A superb text. E.R. Chamberlin's masterwork looking at the lives of Stephen VI, John XII, Benedict IX, Boniface VIII, Urban VI, Alexander VI, Leo X, and Clement VII is expertly reprinted in this form. From the dust jacket to the stitching of the binding, the paper and printing all present the look and feel of a quality product. If I needed another copy, this would be my first stop.
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