Saints and Sinners: A history of the Popes Hardcover – 1 Aug 1997
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"A distinguished text ... offering plenty of historical facts and sobering, valuable judgments." -- Henry Chadwick, New York Times Book Review
"A minor masterpiece which is everything good, popular history ought to be ... The most comprehensive single-volume history of the popes in print." -- John Adamson, Sunday Telegraph
"Duffy enlivens the long march through church history with anecdotes that bring the different pontiffs to life ... Saints and Sinners is a remarkable achievement." -- Piers Paul Read, The Times
"The best one-volume history of the papacy ever written." -- T. F. X. Noble
"Will intrigue the faithful as well as the skeptical." -- Economist --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Eamon Duffy, President of Magdalene College, Cambridge, is also the author of The Stripping of the Altars: Traditional Religion in England, 1400-1580 (0 300 06076 9, pb. [pound]13.95*) and The Voices of Morebath (0 300 09185 0, [pound]16.95*), both published by Yale University Press. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
This book showed the good, the bad, and the ugly. It would make a great film, especially with the likes of Pope Leo X, Benedict VIII, and of course the Borgia pope. Overall, Mr Duffy goes light on the theology, and concentrates instead on the history and characters of the popes. And what an amazing bunch they were. Indeed, one or two didn't even believe in God! Many were only in it for anything they could get, which was plenty, and had no hesitation in lining their own pockets.
Others were just out for themselves. For anyone wishing to learn about the catholic church, warts and all, then this book comes highly recommended.
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