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Nicholas Breakspear: The Pope from England [Kindle Edition]

Simon Webb
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Book Description

Pope Adrian IV was not the greatest or most saintly of popes, but he was the only English pope so far, and he lived in very interesting times. Simon Webb's book, completely revised and corrected for Kindle, is a straightforward and impartial biography of this twelfth-century pontiff, who started life as plain Nicholas Breakspear of Abbot's Langley near St Albans.

The first biography of Breakspear since 1925. Illustrated. To order the print version of this book, search Amazon for ISBN 978-09564551-0-9

'...there has been an awful lot of research done behind the scenes to make the book so approachable' (Independent Catholic Times)

''I...congratulate Simon Webb on an important job well done' (SeeRound Magazine)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 620 KB
  • Print Length: 62 pages
  • Publisher: The Langley Press (1 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EAZXN00
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #687,660 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Simon grew up in Croydon, Surrey and now lives near Durham, England. He works as a librarian and writes in his spare time.

His books include works of historical fiction, biography, true crime, Shakespearian pastiche, and local and religious history. He has also published books of poetry.

Simon has collaborated with Patricia Brown, Miranda Brown and William Duggan on recent volumes. He has produced a popular modern English version of Robert Hegge's classic The Legend of St Cuthbert (ISBN 978-0954475963), and an edition of The Captivity of Elizabeth Hanson by Samuel Bownas (978-0954475932). Simon's verse translation of Chaucer's Parliament of Fowls, and his editions of the Brief Lives of John Aubrey are available as Kindle e-books.

As a writer, Simon has been influenced by Shakespeare and Chaucer, among others, and by less well-known writers of non-fiction, such as C.J. Stranks, Robert Hegge, Philip Sugden and Andrew Chaikin.

His books are sold in the US, UK and Canada and have found their way into libraries on both sides of the Atlantic. Articles about, and reviews of, Simon's books have appeared in local and national newspapers and magazines.

Simon has contributed reviews, pictures, poems and articles to magazines in the UK and US.

To contact the author, and for free downloads, an exclusive extract and more detailed information, please visit the Langley Press website at:

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4.0 out of 5 stars An English Pope ! Fantastic. 22 Aug. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
There are not many books or leaflets out on the English Pope Nicholas Breakspear, and Simon has clearly read around his subject - so you don't have to! This is an easy to read and thorough look at what is a complex and involved period of history, too far away for us to be precise about everything.
It's without doubt the best introduction to Nicholas Breakspear and his life that is available right now.
It is available for purchase in the St Albans Abbey I'm pleased to say which is where I found mine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating account 20 Jan. 2014
Very little is known about Nicholas Breakspear, the only English Pope so far. Simon Webb takes these few facts and sets them within the turbulent political landscape of the time to create a well-rounded account of Breakspear's upbringing, his rise to high office, and his 4-year papacy. Although the political situation in Europe in the twelfth century was very complex, he sets out the events and repercussions of events with admirable clarity. I was considerably educated and informed by this account.
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3.0 out of 5 stars very slight treatment 17 Sept. 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a very slight popular treatment of Breakspear with a lot of conjecture and uncertainties about what really happened. It could have done with more editing to improve the style and more importantly remove errors like the Abbot of St Albans being referred to as the Bishop in the same paragraph and Peter being credited with becoming Bishop of Rome in AD 32 which is before the crucifixion by most reckoning.
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