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Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy
 
 
Author
John Julius Norwich.
Publisher Random House  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.6 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9781400067152
Pages/Publication Date 512/2011
Daedalus Item Code 33376
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Following histories of Norman Sicily, Byzantium, Venice, and the Mediterranean, as well as explorations of Shakespeare's history plays, of music, and of architecture, John Julius Norwich here gives us a two-millennium portrait of the papacy. The men (and maybe one woman) who have held this position of infallible power over millions have ranged from heroes to rogues, admirably wise to utterly decadent, and Norwich (who knew two popes and had private audiences with two others) recounts their histories and legacies in riveting detail.

"Absolute Monarchs sprawls across Europe and the Levant, over two millenniums, and with an impossibly immense cast: 265 popes, feral hordes of Vandals, Huns and Visigoths, expansionist emperors, Byzantine intriguers, Borgias and Medicis, heretic zealots, conspiring clerics, bestial inquisitors and more. Norwich manages to organize this crowded stage and produce a rollicking narrative. He keeps things moving at nearly beach-read pace."NYTBR (cover review)

 
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