A History of the Popes: From Peter to the Presentby John W. O'Malley, SJ
Pub. Date: 08/16/2011
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
A History of the Popes tells the story of the oldest living institution in the Western worldthe papacy. From its origins in Saint Peter, Jesus' chief disciple, through Pope Benedict XVI today, the popes have been key players in virtually all of the great dramas of the western world in the last two thousand years. Acclaimed church historian John W. O'Malley's engaging narrative examines the 265 individuals who have claimed to be Peter's successors. Rather than describe each pope one by one, the book focuses on the popes that shaped pivotal moments in both church and world history. The author does not shy away from controversies in the church, and includes legends like Pope Joan and a comprehensive list of popes and antipopes to help readers get a full picture of the papacy.
This simultaneously reverent yet critical book will appeal to readers interested in both religion and history as it chronicles the saints and sinners who have led the Roman Catholic Church over the past 2000 years. The author draws from his popular audio CD lecture series on the topic, 2,000 Years of Papal History, available through Now You Know Media (www.nowyouknowmedia.com).
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Table of ContentsPart 1 Preface
Part 2 Introduction
Part 3 From the Margins to the Center of the Roman World
Chapter 4 Peter: Bishop of Rome?
Chapter 5 After Peter and Paul
Chapter 6 Constantine: The Thirteenth Apostle
Chapter 7 Prosperity to Crisis: Damasus and Leo the Great
Chapter 8 Gregory the Great
Part 4 Bringing Order out of Chaos
Chapter 10 Greeks, Lombards, Franks
Chapter 11 Charlemagne: Savior or Master?
Chapter 12 Their Darkest Hour
Chapter 13 Saving the Papacy from Itself
Chapter 14 Gregory VII: Who's in Charge Here?
Part 5 Development, Decline, Disarray
Chapter 16 Compromises, Crusades, Councils, Concordats
Chapter 17 Innocent III: Vicar of Christ
Chapter 18 Boniface VIII: Big Claims, Big Humiliation
Chapter 19 Avignon: The Babylonian Captivity
Chapter 20 Three Popes at a Time: The Great Western Schism
Chapter 21 Renaissance and Reformation
Chapter 22 The Restored Papacy
Chapter 23 The Renaissance Popes
Chapter 24 Luther, Leo, and the Aftermath
Chapter 25 Paul III: A Turning Point
Chapter 26 Five Popes and a Council
Chapter 27 The New Rome
Part 6 Into the Modern Era
Chapter 29 The Storm Breaks
Chapter 30 Pius VII: Bowed Down and Raised Up
Chapter 31 Beleaguered, Infallible, and Prisoner Again
Chapter 32 Leo XIII: Searching for Solutions
Chapter 33 Pius X: Confronting Modern Culture
Part 7 The Papacy as a Global Institution
Chapter 35 War, Peace, Fascism
Chapter 36 Pius XII: Saint or Sinner?
Chapter 37 John XXIII: Peace and Reconciliation
Chapter 38 Paul VI: In a Tight Spot
Chapter 39 John Paul II: The World is My Parish
Part 8 Epilogue
Part 9 List of Popes
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