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By John Julius Norwich

ISBN-10: 1400067154

ISBN-13: 9781400067152

With the papacy embattled lately, it truly is necessary to have the viewpoint of 1 of the world’s so much complete historians. In Absolute Monarchs, John Julius Norwich captures approximately thousand years of concept and devotion, intrigue and scandal. the boys (and might be one girl) who've held this place of infallible energy over thousands have ranged from heroes to rogues, admirably clever to completely decadent. Norwich, who knew popes and had deepest audiences with others, recounts in riveting element the histories of the main major popes and what they intended politically, culturally, and socially to Rome and to the world.

Norwich offers such courageous popes as blameless I, who within the 5th century effectively negotiated with Alaric the Goth, an invader civil gurus couldn't defeat, and Leo I, who twenty years later tamed (and possibly paid off) Attila the Hun. the following, too, are the scandalous figures: Pope Joan, the mythic lady stated (without any substantiation) to were elected in 855, and the notorious “pornocracy,” the 5 libertines who have been descendants or fans of Marozia, debauched daughter of 1 of Rome’s strongest families.

Absolute Monarchs brilliantly portrays reformers reminiscent of Pope Paul III, “the maximum pontiff of the 16th century,” who reinterpreted the Church’s instructing and self-discipline, and John XXIII, who in 5 brief years beginning in 1958 “opened up the church to the 20th century,” instituting reforms that resulted in Vatican II. Norwich brings the tale to the current day with Benedict XVI, who's dealing with an international priest intercourse scandal.

Epic and compelling, Absolute Monarchs is the magnificent tale of a few of history’s so much respected and reviled figures, males who nonetheless solid mild and shadows at the Vatican and the realm this present day.

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