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The Popes : A History - John Julius Norwich

Paperback Published: 1st June 2012
ISBN: 9780099565871
Number Of Pages: 528

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An irresistible account of some of history’s most illustrious – and iniquitous – figures, from one of our best-loved historians.

Well known for his histories of Norman Sicily, Venice, the Byzantine Empire and the Mediterranean, John Julius Norwich has now turned his attention to the oldest continuing institution in the world, tracing the papal line down the centuries from St Peter himself – traditionally (though by no means historically) the first pope – to the present Benedict XVI.Of the 280-odd holders of the supreme office, some have unques­tionably been saints; others have wallowed in unspeakable iniquity.From the legend of Pope Joan to the majestic pontiffs of the Renaissance, the Borgias and Medicis; from Reformation to Counter-Reformation; from Pius XII and the Holocaust to today’s Benedict XVI, struggling to deal with appalling revelations of sexual misbehaviour within the Church – the pace never slackens.John Julius Norwich, an agnostic with no religious axe to grind, has a thrilling and important tale to tell – and in this rich, authoritative book he does it full justice.

About the Author

John Julius Norwich is the author of histories of Norman Sicily, the Republic of Venice, the Byzantine Empire and, most recently, The Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean. He has also written on architecture, music and the history plays of Shakespeare, and has presented some thirty historical documentaries on BBC Television.

Industry Reviews

"The stories are glorious...stuffed with monsters, absurdities, wonders and politics... the parade is endlessly interesting" Scotsman "Norwich certainly has an eye for the tiny detail that illuminates a whole character" Mail on Sunday "A highly readable book" Sunday Times "One of the most bizarre and enjoyable history books I've ever read" Daily Express "[John Julius Norwich] approaches his vast canvas with broad brush strokes, dashing off profile after profile with aplomb, flashes of wit and a formidable accumulation of detail" Financial Times

ISBN: 9780099565871
ISBN-10: 0099565870
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 528
Published: 1st June 2012
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1

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