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Behind Locked Doors: A History of the Papal Elections

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Since the early seventeenth century, whenever a pope has died, the Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church have convened in Rome behind locked doors to elect a successor--and all eyes focus on The Eternal City. The Papal Conclave is an event like no other. Highly secretive and conducted behind the doors of the Sistine Chapel, it happens only a few times every century. Cardi ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade (first published October 1st 2003)
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Nov 04, 2013 Renee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was really looking forward to reading this, but was disappointed. It is not structured very well. I would have liked it to have been a bit more organized by pope or something, it just rambled on from one pope to the next without much differentiation. As another reviewer said, it is a reference book, not a recommended read.
I never realized how dangerous it was to be the pope until I read this book on the death of Pope John Paul II. Some of the history is a bit tedious, but the chronology is still interesting!
Mar 12, 2008 David rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Don't buy. It's a reference book. A list. I bought it on false pretenses, thinking it was a history.
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A specialist in the history of early modern France, Frederic Baumgartner is Professor of History at Virginia Tech University.
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