A Dictionary of Popes

Paperback | February 15, 2010

byJ. N. D. Kelly, Michael Walsh

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This fascinating dictionary gives concise accounts of every officially recognized pope in history, from St Peter to Pope Benedict XVI, as well as all of their irregularly elected rivals, the so-called antipopes. Each pope and antipope's entry covers his family and social background andpre-papal career as well as his activities in office. Also, an appendix provides a detailed discussion and analysis of the tradition that there has been a female pope. This new edition reflects the very latest in papal research and contains additional information in the further reading sections ofeach entry, making the book an even more useful starting place for research into specific pontiffs. The entries are arranged chronologically making this a continuous history of the papacy over almost 2,000 years. It reveals how, for much of that history, spiritual and temporal power have been inextricably mingled in the person of the pope. A fascinating read for students of theology and history,as well as the general reader with an interest in Christian history.

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This fascinating dictionary gives concise accounts of every officially recognized pope in history, from St Peter to Pope Benedict XVI, as well as all of their irregularly elected rivals, the so-called antipopes. Each pope and antipope's entry covers his family and social background andpre-papal career as well as his activities in offic...

J. N. D. Kelly and Michael Walsh are well-respected OUP authors.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.05 inPublished:February 15, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199295816

ISBN - 13:9780199295814

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAbbreviationsNote to the ReaderAlphabetical List of Popes and AntipopesThe PopesAppendix: Pope JoanIndex

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"ought to be on the reference shelf of any civilized person of any faith or none...not merely a dictionary but an agreeable bedside read" --Hampstead and Highgate Express