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.
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.
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!