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I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the history of the papacy.
An humble man remarkable for his strong religious faith and love for the Church as it should be, he set an example that ought to be admired and emulated today.
Also, the author's sympathy for, and admiration of, his subject seem to have very much colored his appraisal.
I was interested because of the resignation of the last pope. It is interesting and informative....not exciting...but informative.Published 3 months ago by elston
The book began extremely slowly, for by my own mistake I had thought I would be reading a fictional story or imaginative tale based on historical facts. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Zechariah
Good overview of a period in Italian and Church history pulling the diffeent threads together in the life of one man.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Portions that speculated on the lifestyle of the hermit turned pope are interesting, and the path he took to become a pope had some merit, but then the book bogged down in all the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by jhw
Having read both Kevin Vost's (laudatory) and Miss_Kitty89's reviews (critical), I would say the truth of the book lies with both. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Pete Bogg
This book sucked, I read it all the way, but it was not for me ,but that my opinion. The end 1Published 9 months ago by Mary Victoria Harker Hardy
This was a fairly interesting book with the problem being that for the vast majority of his life there is almost nothing written about the subject of this book. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ricardus Tercius
The idea of a pope resigning is so unusual and yet was true and I wanted to know more about the event.Published 11 months ago by Dorothy Kurlander
Read this book if you want to know more about some secrets that the Catholic Church has been hiding, and the historic political machinery involved in electing a pope. Read morePublished 17 months ago by H. Temple