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Since World War II and especially since the election of Pope John XXIII in 1958 the papacy the oldest of all Western institutions has attracted steadily growing interest from non Christians as well as Christians Written for people of every religious allegiance and none JND Kelly's biographical dictionary presents a wealth of information about the papacy and the astonishing succession of churchmen who have loomed large on the world scene for almost two thousand years It contains concise accounts not only of all the officially recognized popes from St Peter to John Paul II but also of all their irregularly elected rivals the so called antipopes. Probably the best single volume work on the subject Kelly's individual papal biographies stick to the known facts avoids polemic except when seen in a historical context and one is left with an entirely readable introduction to this fascinating world After Dr Kelly's passing eminent papal historian Michael Walsh took up the mantle and edited a new biography of John Paul II and added one for Benedict XVI for the 2010 edition Hopefully he will continue to do so for Pope Francis whenever the next edition is published hopefully soon The Harpist of Madrid years It contains concise accounts not only of all the officially recognized popes from St Peter to John Paul II but also of all their irregularly elected rivals the so called antipopes. Probably the best single volume work on the subject Kelly's individual papal biographies stick to the known facts avoids polemic except when seen in a historical context and one is left with an entirely readable introduction to this fascinating world After Dr Kelly's passing eminent papal historian Michael Walsh took up the mantle and edited a new biography of John Paul II and added one for Benedict XVI for the 2010 edition Hopefully he will continue to do so for Pope Francis whenever the next edition is published hopefully soon

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Nd offers in effect a continuous history of the papacy Based on careful research but eminently readable this reference work reveals an extraordinarily diverse group of men who have designated themselves as St Peter's successors and records their varying involvement in great power politics personal or family aggrandizement patronage of the arts theological controversy or spiritual leadership It presents a graphic and moving picture of the fluctuating fortunes of the Christian Church centered in Rome sometimes submerged by secular forces but at other times staging a spectacular revival and confronting the world as today with a daunting challeng. It was ad advertised an encyclopedic dictionary I read it cover to cover Actually I read it from front to back and simultaneously back to front just to spice things up a bit I would not recommend a cover to cover read but has concise effective self contained articles on each Pope and anti Pope May not be a necessity in today's Internet world but still a solid reference work Nice reiew of Church History though heavy on the political side since that is in many ways waht is easy for a historian to document and briefly recount

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It also includes an appendix which records the once generally accepted but long since discarded legend that at some date in the ninth tenth or eleventh century a female pope called Joan existed The Dictionary provides an entry for each pope and antipope which covers except where as in the early centuries information is unavailable his family and social background and pre papal career as well as his activities in office Each entry has a separate select bibliography usually including references to the primary source for the pope's life and his official acts Arranged chronologically the volume places each pope in the proper historical context a. Kindle version is worthlessThe layout in the Kindle is horrible I have it one star because it was impossible to give it zero stars Save your money Daniel (Council Enforcers, your money


7 thoughts on “The Oxford Dictionary of Popes

  1. says:

    Probably the best single volume work on the subject Kelly's individual papal biographies stick to the known facts avoids polemic except when seen in a historical context and one is left with an entirely readable introduction to this fascinating world After Dr Kelly's passing eminent papal historian Michael Walsh took up the mantle and edited a new biography of John Paul II and added one for Benedict XVI for the 2010 edition Hopefully he will continue to do so for Pope Francis whenever the next edition is published hopefully soon


  2. says:

    Not really intended to be read in order but as a reference this is a useful brief summary of each pope's life and acts and is a solid refutation to a claim I heard just yesterday that the lives morals and acts of each pope have been exemplary and holy Uh no


  3. says:

    Kindle version is worthlessThe layout in the Kindle is horrible I have it one star because it was impossible to give it zero stars Save your money


  4. says:

    The Popes began their history as administrators of the Catholic church Over time they entrenched their power and control sometimes by dint of reacting to social pressure often as part of political expediency The Renaissance Popes are particularly interesting 'goodbye ethics' and 'hello nepotism' From my reading there weren't all that many great Popes The writer liberally acknowledges that particular Popes 'enriched' the colelctions of the Vatican Perhaps a euphemistic way of stating they splashed cash on great works of art and literature This is an interesting chronicle of the papacy from Peter to Benedict


  5. says:

    It was ad advertised an encyclopedic dictionary I read it cover to cover Actually I read it from front to back and simultaneously back to front just to spice things up a bit I would not recommend a cover to cover read but has concise effective self contained articles on each Pope and anti Pope May not be a necessity in today's Internet world but still a solid reference work Nice reiew of Church History though heavy on the political side since that is in many ways waht is easy for a historian to document and briefly recount


  6. says:

    It's remarkable what JND Kelly can cram into the short entries about the Catholic Church's Servants of the Servants of GodFascinating reading


  7. says:

    Used this book for a research paper Very informative and very useful It's a good source of information for everyone whether you want to study the popes or just learn some things