John Julius Norwich's Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy PDF

By John Julius Norwich

ISBN-10: 1400067154

ISBN-13: 9781400067152

With the papacy embattled lately, it truly is necessary to have the point of view of 1 of the world’s such a lot complete historians. In Absolute Monarchs, John Julius Norwich captures approximately thousand years of proposal and devotion, intrigue and scandal. the boys (and probably one girl) who've held this place of infallible strength over thousands have ranged from heroes to rogues, admirably clever to absolutely 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 provides 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 might be paid off) Attila the Hun. right here, too, are the scandalous figures: Pope Joan, the mythic lady acknowledged (without any substantiation) to were elected in 855, and the notorious “pornocracy,” the 5 libertines who have been descendants or fanatics of Marozia, debauched daughter of 1 of Rome’s strongest families.

Absolute Monarchs brilliantly portrays reformers comparable to Pope Paul III, “the maximum pontiff of the 16th century,” who reinterpreted the Church’s educating 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 ended 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 dazzling tale of a few of history’s such a lot respected and reviled figures, males who nonetheless forged gentle and shadows at the Vatican and the realm at the present time.

Show description

Read or Download Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy PDF

Similar history books

Get World History: The Basics PDF

Global background has swiftly grown to develop into essentially the most well known and stated techniques to the research of background. global heritage: the fundamentals introduces this fast-growing box and addresses key questions such as:

• what's global history?
• How will we learn an issue with one of these vast geographic and chronological range?
• Why has international heritage been controversial?

Written by way of one of many founders of the sphere and addressing the entire significant concerns together with time, position, civilizations, touch, topics and extra, this ebook is either a fantastic creation to international heritage and a big assertion concerning the prior, current and way forward for the field.

New PDF release: Violence against Prisoners of War in the First World War:

During this groundbreaking new research, Heather Jones offers the 1st in-depth and comparative exam of violence opposed to First international warfare prisoners. She indicates how the struggle radicalised captivity therapy in Britain, France and Germany, dramatically undermined overseas legislations preserving prisoners of warfare and resulted in new different types of compelled prisoner labour and reprisals, which fuelled wartime propaganda that used to be frequently in accordance with actual prisoner testimony.

Download e-book for iPad: In the Teeth of the Wind: Memoirs of the Royal Navy Air by C. P. O. Bartlette

So swift were the advances within the technology of aeronautics because the finish of the 1st international warfare that it calls for a substantial feat of mind's eye to forged one's brain again over the relatively brief interval of seventy years to the times whilst Flight Commander Bartlett of the Royal Naval Air provider was once flying the various world's first bombers over the Western entrance.

Read e-book online Constantine the Emperor PDF

No Roman emperor had a better influence at the sleek international than did Constantine. the reason being no longer easily that he switched over to Christianity, yet that he did so in a manner that introduced his matters alongside after him. certainly, this significant new biography argues that Constantine's conversion is yet one function of a different administrative sort that enabled him to take regulate of an empire beset by way of inner rebellions and exterior threats through Persians and Goths.

Extra info for Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy

Sample text

45 46 A WORLD HISTORY SKELETON SOCIAL AND POLITICAL UPHEAVAL The final (fourth) set of new themes was more amorphous, but powerful in its own right: over the past century, most societies in the world moved to supplant some of the most characteristic systems of the agricultural past. This was not a globally-organized movement. It involved massive revolutions in some societies, headed by Russia and China. It embraced key aspects of national liberation movements as well. Political and social structures changed clearly.

Thanks to the new levels of Atlantic slavery plus more pressure for commercial production in Europe, the Americas and Asia, plus the burdens of population growth, the intensity of human labor may have increased in the early modern centuries, from more use of children to more need to continue working hard in later age. EMPIRES The third big global development involved the formation of a number of new empires. This reflected growing political capacity in many regions, as well as the importance of new military technologies – notably cannon – and new attention to military training and organization.

LOCATIONS The first civilization emerged in the Tigris-Euphrates river valley – the region often called Mesopotamia – around 3500 BCE. It was preceded by some important technological improvements with the agricultural economy, including the wheel, the use of metal (bronze, an alloy of copper and tin) for tools and weapons, and of course the invention of the first writing system. The Sumerian people introduced their cuneiform writing style, and then the first known organized government on the heels of these key developments.

Download PDF sample

Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy by John Julius Norwich


by Robert
4.2

Rated 4.55 of 5 – based on 47 votes