By Brenda Ralph Lewis
Within the tenth century, being head of the Catholic Church didn’t cease Pope John XII from allegedly committing incest together with his sisters, calling on pagan gods and goddesses, being an alcoholic and placing his mistress in control of his brothel. after all, being pope didn’t make popes renowned both: in 896AD, Pope Formosus died, yet that was once no hindrance to Lambert of Spoleto, who bore anything of a grudge, in exhuming the pontiff and placing him on trial. Formosus used to be discovered to blame of being unworthy of his papal place of work, had all his acts annulled and his physique used to be thrown within the Tiber. From corruption to nepotism, from campaign to witch-burning to Inquisition, from popes sanctioning homicide to popes being murdered, darkish heritage of The Popes explores greater than a 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 battle II, the publication examines political, spiritual and social historical past throughout the skulduggery of popes and courtiers, the function the Borgias kinfolk performed within the papacy, the persecution of Jews and the non secular controversy over Galileo Galilei’s heretical perspectives, between different issues. utilizing diaries, letters, reviews from overseas ambassadors to the Vatican and reliable registers of the ecclesiastical courts, an image of either sinning and sinned opposed to popes is printed. jam-packed with greater than 2 hundred color and black-&-white photos, work and artistic endeavors, darkish historical past of The Popes is an eye-opening account of the heritage of the papacy that pontiffs may really now not point out.
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