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FREE ⚶ The Oxford Dictionary of Popes (Reference) ⛎ Since World War II and especially since the election of Pope John XXIII in , the papacy the oldest of all Western institutions has attracted steadily growing interest from non Christians as well as Christians Written for people of every religious allegiance and none, JND Kelly s biographical dictionary presents a wealth of information about the papacy and the astonishing succession of churchmen who have loomed large on the world scene for almost two thousand years It 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 includes an appendix which records the once generally accepted, but long since discarded, legend that at some date in the ninth, tenth, or eleventh century a female pope called Joan existed The Dictionary provides an entry for each pope and antipope which covers except where as in the early centuries information is unavailable his family and social background and pre papal career, as well as his activities in office Each entry has a separate select bibliography, usually including references to the primary source for the pope s life and his official acts Arranged chronologically, the volume places each pope in the proper historical context and offers, in effect, a continuous history of the papacy Based on careful research, but eminently readable, this reference work reveals an extraordinarily diverse group of men who have designated themselves as St Peter s successors, and records their varying involvement in great power politics, personal or family aggrandizement, patronage of the arts, theological controversy, or spiritual leadership It 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, staging a spectacular revival and confronting the world as today with a daunting challenge Not really intended to be read in order but as a reference, this is a useful brief summary of each pope s life and acts, and is a solid refutation to a claim I heard just yesterday that the lives, morals, and acts of each pope have been exemplary and holy Uh, no. Probably the best single volume work on the subject Kelly s individual papal biographies stick to the known facts, avoids polemic except when seen in a historical context , and one is left with an entirely readable introduction to this fascinating world After Dr Kelly s passing, eminent papal historian Michael Walsh took up the mantle and edited a new biography of John Paul II and added one for Benedict XVI for the 2010 edition Hopefully he will continue to do so for Pope Francis, whenever Probably the best single volume work on the subject Kelly s individual papal biographies stick to the known facts, avoids polemic except when seen in a historical context , and one is left with an entirely readable introduction to this fascinating world After Dr Kelly s passing, eminent papal historian Michael Walsh took up the mantle and edited a new biography of John Paul II and added one for Benedict XVI for the 2010 edition Hopefully he will continue to do so for Pope Francis, whenever the next edition is published hopefully soon Kindle version is worthless.The layout in the Kindle is horrible I have it one star because it was impossible to give it zero stars Save your money.