This engrossing book encompasses the extraordinary history of the papacy, from its beginnings nearly two thousand years ago to the present day. In this new edition, the final chapter has been expanded to cover the last years of John Paul II and the election of Benedict XVI.
Praise for the earlier editions:
[A] minor masterpiece which is everything good, popular history ought to be. . . . The most comprehensive single-volume history of the popes in print.”John Adamson, Sunday Telegraph
Duffy enlivens the long march through church history with anecdotes that bring the different pontiffs to life. . . . Saints and Sinners is a remarkable achievement.”Piers Paul Read, The Times (London)
Will fascinate anyone wishing to better understand the history of the Catholic Church and the forces that have shaped the role of the papacy.”Gloria J. Tysl, Christian Century
The history of the papacy is a fascinating study whether you consider it theologically, politically, or economically. Duffy offers a masterful blending of all three in this beautiful book.