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Product Details

  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Locks Press (August 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193164313X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931643139
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,017,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book should be read and it tells a magnificent story that can be enjoyed by layman and scholar alike. -- Jim Ryan, Head Bibliographer, Yankee Book Peddler, October 2002

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Italian

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By James Yanni on August 26, 2009
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This book gets 4 stars, not because it is a fascinating and spellbinding read (it isn't) but because it provides a wealth of information, which (I assume) is the primary reason that it was written, and thus it succeeds well at its intended goal. There are a few more typos than I like to see in a scholarly work, although fewer per page than I accept as a given in mass-market paperbacks. I'm not sure whether those glitches came in with the original writing, or whether they are the fault of the translation, but they ARE there, and are a bit distracting, but not a severe enough problem to seriously detract from the book's rating.

I will say that it would seem to me, as one who was not a member of the Catholic church to start with, that it would be difficult to read this book without having a severe strain placed on one's faith in the Church, if one had any to start with; historically, so many of the leaders of the church were CLEARLY not very pius or holy individuals; many were venal, adulterous, and clearly more interested in matters of their political power in the world of the flesh rather than in matters of the spirit. But it must not be impossible to do so, as one would assume that it would be even HARDER to WRITE this book without losing faith than to merely read it, and it seems that the author has succeeded in doing so.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 11, 2010
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This is a fascinating work on the intricacies of the
Papacy over the centuries. For instance, Simon Bar-Jona
or the Apostle Peter was the first Pope. Guarducci
concluded that a box found in the Vatican Grottoes
contained the bones of Peter wrapped in purple clothing
laced with golden threads. Peter is said to be buried
in the Basilica of Rome.

Linus, the second Pope ordered women to cover their heads
while in Church. St. Anacletus presided over the Church
during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius on 8-24- 79AD.

The volume contains thousands of facts pertinent to the
Papacy over the centuries beginning with the first Pope-the
Apostle Peter. Each Pope is listed together with a brief
bibliography and highlights of the involved reign over the
Church from the election until the end of the Papal tenure.
The fact checking alone would be a considerable job for
any scholar to accomplish. This volume would be perfect for
a religious studies or world history course.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frances J. Sills VINE VOICE on October 19, 2009
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I have been looking for such a book for awhile. I'm an avid reader of historical fiction, especially medieval and Tudor novels. I wanted a resource that gave me quick information about a time period. This book fits my needs very well. In the few times I've used the book, I found it presents information in a non-biased way. With such information, I can put the novel's plot and characters within a framework.I would not buy it "new"; but found a "used" copy in very good condition... for a good price.
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By Manuel T. Silva on April 21, 2014
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Very interesting book and I like it very much. Recycling books is a nice way to make it easy to aquire
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