Great Popes Through History: An Encyclopedia--Two Volumes

Great Popes Through History: An Encyclopedia--Two Volumes

by Frank J. Coppa
     
 

Concentrating on the most important popes, this work provides an overview of one of the oldest and most influential institutions in the world. Notable popes are analyzed in comprehensive entries divided into five historical sections:

• Early

• Medieval

• Renaissance and Reformation

• Early Modern

• Modern

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Overview

Concentrating on the most important popes, this work provides an overview of one of the oldest and most influential institutions in the world. Notable popes are analyzed in comprehensive entries divided into five historical sections:

• Early

• Medieval

• Renaissance and Reformation

• Early Modern

• Modern

Section introductions place the popes in historical perspective and include general bibliographic references for the entire age. Individual essays provide specific bibliographic references. Unlike multivolume references that cover all of the popes, this source focuses exclusively on popes who played crucial roles not only in the institution of the papacy itself, but also in European and world events. Beginning with Peter and ending with John Paul II, the contributors to this volume offer a wealth of information. They provide insight into the institution of the papacy and its outstanding members. Combining fact, explanation, and analysis, the essays provide readers with a detailed understanding of the ways in which the papacy, and these individuals, have influenced world events throughout the centuries.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
If one were to count Peter (who was not actually a bishop) and the bishops of Rome of the first three centuries (who did not exercise primacy), the number of popes is generally given as 265. For this encyclopedia of "great popes," general editor Coppa (St. John's Univ.) and his associate editors have solicited and assembled essays on 46 popes whom they consider the most important and the most interesting. These popes were selected from five broad periods, which form the basis of five sections of the encyclopedia: the early church, the medieval period, the Renaissance and Reformation, early modern times, and the modern era. Each section is introduced with basic historical information and bibliographic information, followed by individual biocritical essays on each pope, written by specialists in the area and ranging from about five to 16 pages in length. Contributors include historians, theologians, philosophers, and classicists. While quite scholarly and ideal for libraries in which serious study of the papacy is undertaken, this would be an expensive purchase for most libraries. Less expensive texts that often achieve this encyclopedia's purposes include John Jay Hughes's shorter but excellent Pontiffs, which has the same organizing concept, and J.N.D. Kelly's more general Oxford Dictionary of the Popes. Recommended only for the most extensive religion collections.-David I. Fulton, Coll. of St. Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313295331
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/30/2002
Pages:
724
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 10.58(h) x 1.89(d)

Meet the Author

FRANK J. COPPA is Professor of History, Director of the Doctoral Program in Modern World History, and Chair of the Vatican Symposium at St. John's University. He has published over a dozen volumes on Papal and Italian History. Among his monographs are biographies of Giovanni Giolitti, Pope Pius IX, Camillo di Cavour and Cardinal Ciacomo Antonelli. He is also the author of The Origins of the Italian Wars of Independence (1992), and the editor of Dictionary of Modern Italian History (Greenwood, 1985), Encyclopedia of the Vatican and Papacy (Greenwood, 1999), and Modern Italian History (Greenwood, 1990), among others.

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