A History of the Popes tells the story of the oldest living institution in the Western world—the papacy. From its origins in Saint Peter, Jesus' chief disciple, through Pope Benedict XVI today, the popes have been key players in virtually all of the great dramas of the western world in the last two thousand years. Acclaimed church historian John W. O'Malley's engaging narrative examines the 265 individuals who have claimed to be Peter's successors. Rather than describe each pope one by one, the book focuses on the popes that shaped pivotal moments in both church and world history. The author does not shy away from controversies in the church, and includes legends like Pope Joan and a comprehensive list of popes and antipopes to help readers get a full picture of the papacy.This simultaneously reverent yet critical book will appeal to readers interested in both religion and history as it chronicles the saints and sinners who have led the Roman Catholic Church over the past 2000 years. The author draws from his popular audio CD lecture series on the topic, 2,000 Years of Papal History, available through Now You Know Media (www.nowyouknowmedia.com).
John W. O'Malley, S.J., is a Roman Catholic priest and professor of religion at Georgetown University. He lives in Washington, D.C., and is the author of numerous books, including What
Part 1 PrefacePart 2 IntroductionPart 3 From the Margins to the Center of the Roman WorldChapter 4 Peter: Bishop of Rome?Chapter 5 After Peter and PaulChapter 6 Constantine: The Thirteenth ApostleChapter 7 Prosperity to Crisis: Damasus and Leo the GreatChapter 8 Gregory the GreatPart 9 Bringing Order out of ChaosChapter 10 Greeks, Lombards, FranksChapter 11 Charlemagne: Savior or Master?Chapter 12 Their Darkest HourChapter 13 Saving the Papacy from ItselfChapter 14 Gregory VII: Who's in Charge Here?Part 15 Development, Decline, DisarrayChapter 16 Compromises, Crusades, Councils, ConcordatsChapter 17 Innocent III: Vicar of ChristChapter 18 Boniface VIII: Big Claims, Big HumiliationChapter 19 Avignon: The Babylonian CaptivityChapter 20 Three Popes at a Time: The Great Western SchismChapter 21 Renaissance and ReformationChapter 22 The Restored PapacyChapter 23 The Renaissance PopesChapter 24 Luther, Leo, and the AftermathChapter 25 Paul III: A Turning PointChapter 26 Five Popes and a CouncilChapter 27 The New RomePart 28 Into the Modern EraChapter 29 The Storm BreaksChapter 30 Pius VII: Bowed Down and Raised UpChapter 31 Beleaguered, Infallible, and Prisoner AgainChapter 32 Leo XIII: Searching for SolutionsChapter 33 Pius X: Confronting Modern CulturePart 34 The Papacy as a Global InstitutionChapter 35 War, Peace, FascismChapter 36 Pius XII: Saint or Sinner?Chapter 37 John XXIII: Peace and ReconciliationChapter 38 Paul VI: In a Tight SpotChapter 39 John Paul II: The World is My ParishPart 40 EpiloguePart 41 List of Popes