For nearly two thousand years the popes have not only shaped the course of one of the world’s great religions but have also played a part—sometimes a dominant part—in the history of Europe. Martyrs, monks, noblemen, Franciscans, Dominicans, hermits, and even unordained laymen have occupied the throne of St. Peter. This book recounts the lives and deeds of all 266 popes, from Peter to Benedict XVI.
With timelines, datafiles, quotations, and copious illustrations, Chronicle of the Popes is an essential reference book and a source of discovery and inspiration about one of the richest and most diverse institutions on earth.
P. G. Maxwell-Stuart
P. G. Maxwell-Stuart is Lecturer in the Department of Modern History at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.