Dark History of the Popes (Dark Histories)

Dark History of the Popes (Dark Histories)


within the tenth century, being head of the Catholic Church didn’t cease Pope John XII from allegedly committing incest along with his sisters, calling on pagan gods and goddesses, being an alcoholic and placing his mistress in command of his brothel. after all, being pope didn’t make popes renowned both: in 896AD, Pope Formosus died, yet that used to be no crisis to Lambert of Spoleto, who bore whatever of a grudge, in exhuming the pontiff and placing him on trial. Formosus used to be stumbled on responsible of being unworthy of his papal workplace, had all his acts annulled and his physique was once thrown within the Tiber. From corruption to nepotism, from campaign to witch-burning to Inquisition, from popes sanctioning homicide to popes being murdered, darkish historical past of The Popes explores greater than one thousand years of sinister deeds surrounding the papacy. starting from the ninth century advert to Pope Pius XII’s place in the course of international warfare II, the publication examines political, non secular and social historical past throughout the skulduggery of popes and courtiers, the position the Borgias kinfolk performed within the papacy, the persecution of Jews and the spiritual controversy over Galileo Galilei’s heretical perspectives, between different issues. utilizing diaries, letters, studies from international ambassadors to the Vatican and professional registers of the ecclesiastical courts, an image of either sinning and sinned opposed to popes is printed. full of greater than two hundred color and black-&-white pictures, work and artistic endeavors, darkish historical past of The Popes is an eye-opening account of the historical past of the papacy that pontiffs might quite now not point out.

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