A Dictionary of Popes, Second Edition   -     By: J.N.D. Kelly, Michael Walsh
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A Dictionary of Popes, Second Edition

Oxford University Press / 2010 / Paperback

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From St. Peter to Pope Benedict the XVI, The Oxford Dictionary of Popes gives you a concise account of every officially recognized pope in history, as well as their irregularly elected rivals, and the so-called antipopes. Features chronologically ordered entries on all the Popes with an appendix covering discussions and analysis of many topics including the theory that there has been a female pope. This new edition reflects the very latest in papal research and contains additional information in the further reading sections of each entry, making the book an even more useful starting place for research into specific pontiffs. A fascinating read for students of theology and history, as well as the general reader with an interest in Christian history.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.13 (inches)
ISBN: 0199295816
ISBN-13: 9780199295814
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This fascinating dictionary gives concise accounts of every officially recognized pope in history, from St Peter to Pope Benedict XVI, as well as all of their irregularly elected rivals, the so-called antipopes. Each pope and antipope's entry covers his family and social background and pre-papal career as well as his activities in office. Also, an appendix provides a detailed discussion and analysis of many topics including the theory that there has been a female pope. This new edition reflects the very latest in papal research and contains additional information in the further reading sections of each entry, making the book an even more useful starting place for research into specific pontiffs. Moreover, the entries are arranged chronologically, creating a continuous history of the papacy over almost 2,000 years. It reveals how, for much of that history, spiritual and temporal power has been inextricably mingled in the person of the pope. A fascinating read for students of theology and history, as well as the general reader with an interest in Christian history.

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J. N. D. Kelly was a former principal of St Edmund Hall, Oxford, and a Fellow of the British Academy.
Michael Walsh has written extensively on the history of the Church.

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