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A glorious canter through 2000 years of the Papacy,
This review is from: The Popes: A History (Paperback)
I'd been looking for a book that would give me a gentle introduction to the Papacy and the Popes that have occupied the highest seat in the Vatican and found this gem. It is a beautifully written account of the history of the Papacy and a brief introduction to the Popes. The writer has created a beautifully written narrative that is well informed, and in places humourous, to provide the reader with a fascinating, succinct account of this most fascinating institution.
What I liked about this book was that it was not a turgid read, it was quite easy going, thoroughly readable and gave enough information about most of the occupants of the seat of St Peter to whet you're appetite. The other thing I liked about it was that you did not need to have a religious background to engage with the book. the author is clear in the introduction that he has not written in detail about each and every Pope, that would be a heavy going read, but that he has selected information of interest about the more remarkable Popes; some were enlightened thinkers who took the Papacy forward in great leaps, others were narrow of mind and paralysed the Papacy. The author delights in telling the stories of the good, the bad and the ugly and some of the stories will certainly cause an eyebrow or two to be raised.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and learnt a tremendous amount from it. I would heartily recommend this book, and hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.