The Pope Encyclopedia: An A-Z of the Holy See

The Pope Encyclopedia: An A-Z of the Holy See

by Matthew E. Bunson
     
 
Containing more than 2,000 entries in handy alphabetical format, this provocative, illustrated book explores the whole lively and entertaining history of the Vatican and its rulers.

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Containing more than 2,000 entries in handy alphabetical format, this provocative, illustrated book explores the whole lively and entertaining history of the Vatican and its rulers.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
The author of The Vampire Encyclopedia (Crown, 1993) covers the papacy in more than 2000 alphabetized entries, from "Academy of Sciences, Pontifical," to "Zuchetto." Special topics such as assassinated pontiffs and papal quotations are given full-page treatment, and the text is supplemented by black-and-white photographs and appendixes consisting of a chronological list of popes, the role of the Roman Curia, and descriptions of Vatican museums. Some entries read as if they were lifted from the Oxford Dictionary of Popes (LJ 9/15/86), while others are laced with inane comments, e.g., Gregory XIV brought "relief to the Romans from the chronic outbreaks of unrest, famine, and plague. He also passed a decree forbidding all betting on papal elections." There are factual inconsistencies; spelling and grammatical and logical errors; arbitrary entries ("Christmas" but not "Simony," "Great Western Schism" listed as "Schism, Great Western" leads to "Western Schism, Great," which merely cites nine other entries). A good Catholic almanac and a papal dictionary are preferred as sources of accurate information. Not recommended.-Nancy M. Laskowski, Free Lib. of Philadelphia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780517882566
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/26/1995
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.03(w) x 9.07(h) x 1.07(d)

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