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The Oxford dictionary of Popes, J.N.D. Kelly

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The Oxford dictionary of Popes
Title
The Oxford dictionary of Popes
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J.N.D. Kelly
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Language
eng
Summary
This biographical dictionary is an unrivalled source of information about the astonishing succession of churchmen who have loomed large on the world scene for almost 2,000 years. The Dictionary 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; it also has an appendix recording the once generally credited but long discarded, tradition that at some date in the ninth, tenth, or eleventh century there was a female pope called Joan. Each pope and antipope is assigned an entry which covers, except where (as in the early centuries) no information is available, his family and social background and pre-papal career as well as his activities in office, and each entry has its separate select bibliography, usually including references to the primary source for the pope's life and his official acts. The popes have been deliberately arranged in chronological rather than alphabetical order so that each can be studied in his own historical context. The arrangement also means that the book is in effect a continuous history of the papacy. Based on careful research, but eminently readable, it provides revealing vignettes of the extraordinary variety of men who have claimed to be successors of St. Peter, and their varying involvement on great power politics, personal or family aggrandizement, theological controversy, or spiritual leadership. It also 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, under popes of determination and vision, staging a spectacular revival and confronting the world (as today) with a daunting challenge.--Publisher description
Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 262/.13/09
  • 282/.092/2
  • B
  • 270.092/2
Index
index present
LC call number
BX955.2
LC item number
.K45 1986
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • dictionaries
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Abbreviations
  • Note to the reader
  • Alphabetical list of Popes and Antipopes
  • The Popes
  • Appendix:
  • Pope Joan
  • Index
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ocm12314369
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23 cm
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Extent
xiii, 347 pages
Isbn
9780192139641
Lccn
85015599
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(OCoLC)12314369

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