Norbert F. Pötzl, Johannes Saltzwedel: The Popes. DVA Verlag (Hardcover, History)

The Popes

Rulers over the faith

Original Title: Die Päpste

Hardcover with jacket, 336 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-421-04598-0
€ 19.99 [D] | € 20.60 [A] | CHF 28.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: DVA Sachbuch

Date of publication: April 11, 2013
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Norbert F.  Pötzl  (Editor), Johannes  Saltzwedel  (Editor) - The Popes


From Peter to Benedict XVI – the history of the popes

The popes have been ruling as God's representatives on Earth for two thousand years. From extremely modest beginnings, they fought to become the highest level of authority in the Church and finally became established as the spiritual centre of the Christian world. This was followed by a period when emperors and popes formed a powerful team, and it did not collapse until the Investiture Controversy. After that, emperor and pope fought bitterly for supremacy until far into the late Middle Ages, and although Rome was victorious, in the longer term it was weakened. Reformation and secularisation reduced the power of the popes still further until, in the 20th century, the papacy experienced an unexpected boom and popes like John XXIII and John Paul II were respected all over the world.

This book portraits the great personalities among the popes and illuminates the splendour of their rise to power and the close network of rituals and traditions.


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