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A Dark History of the Popes: Vice, Murder and Corruption in the Vatican (Dark Histories) Hardcover – 1 Apr 2009

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Amber Books (Park Lane Books) (1 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906969000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906969004
  • Product Dimensions: 28.6 x 22.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,289,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Brenda Ralph Lewis is a profile writer with over 70 books to her name. In 1997-1998, she wrote a complete part-work celebrating the life of Diana, Princess of Wales. Formerly royal correspondent for four British newspapers, she has contributed regular articles for Royalty magazine and appeared in TV documentaries about the monarchy.

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Full of interesting facts, but the poor grammar and continuity of events makes for a poor read. The books style and layout would be more suited to age 14+!
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interesting read, good service
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book 26 Aug. 2013
By Robert Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A good book that pull no punches. I highly recommend it. It covers the ground in a concise and readable style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It just keeps adding up..... 26 July 2010
By Trevor Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are interested in getting down to brass tax on the popes, this book is for you. If you are a closed minded person, this book is not for you. The atrocities of the Catholic Church reach far and wide to the individual who seeks those answers. But the person who doesn't want the truth, or wants to only read bias books that paint a rosy history this is not for you. Also see, "Dark Side of Christian History" by Helen Ellerbe. The Popes reads alot like a text book, it is written in a format that is very easy to read with wonderful picture illustration that help the reader understand. Other books that will help in this field see: Michael Tsarion (all works). Welcome to the Age of Information, where the truth cannot hide anymore!
3.0 out of 5 stars Needed more context 22 Aug. 2016
By Chris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Hmm. I'm not sure where to start with this book. It could have been immeasurably improved with a little more context. Instead it goes straight in with the Cadaver Synod in the 9th century and jumps to the genocide of the Cathars in the 13th century which covers almost a quarter of the book) All interesting stuff but it it needs more context. Some of the later chapters are better although the book could have done with some fact checking e.g. it says that Emperor Constantine adopted Christianity as the religion of Rome in c 330 which is incorrect - it was not adopted as the state religion until the reign of Theodosius in the late 4th century. Interesting for some conversational snippets but poor for a good oversight of the dark history of the popes. Felt a little rushed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative 20 Jun. 2011
By Artemisia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is very interesting, and the illustrations are impeccable. While not particularly cheerful, this is a good book and contains a wealth of information about the many corrupt popes and the many and varied atrocities that they have perpetrated. Overall, a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Boot Nitty-Gritty 7 Aug. 2010
By Theseus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A handsome, over-sized hardback with dustjacket. Pictorial board, sewn binding; 256 pp; color and b&w illustrations throughout.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
The Cadaver Synod, The Rule of Harlots, and Other Vatican Scandals
Genocide: The Cathars, Part I
Genocide: The Cathars, Part II
Popes and Witches
The Borgias
The Galileo Affair
The Prisoner of the Vatican, Part I
The Prisoner of the Vatican, Part II
The Pope and the Nazis
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