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A Dark History: The Popes Vice, Murder, And Corruption In The Vatican

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  25 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Amber Books (Park Lane Books)
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Rama
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Scandals in the history of Roman Catholic Church

In this book, the author reviews the Roman Catholic Church history in light of the Papal roll, and re-create the political, social and economic history at different reigns. This brings different pontiffs to life, and identifies the lowest form of life in some leaders who needed more “saving from Christ” than the mainstream followers of the church. This is a comprehensive overview of the 1700 year history of the papacy with selected examples as how
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Lucy Qhuay
Aug 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, religion

Religion is one thing and the Church as an institution is quite another. I have nothing against any religion but everything against the depravity and corruption that finds its way inside all institutions whose purpose was to guide, Comfort and protect the citizens.
T.J. Alexian
Jan 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Visually lovely, although the copy wants for some editing and is a bit overly repetitious after a while in terms of pull through quotes, etc. The stories of genocide, backstabbing and the Borgias are fascinating, however, although I found myself hoping for a bit more detail. Details, baby, details! The chapter around Pius XII was appropriately balanced.
Brett
Jan 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Interesting read, especially to see about the scope and utter barbarity of the Inquisition. Sad that it took until the 1990s for a Pope to apologize for the mistreatment of Galileo. I was surprised to see what they wrote about Pope Pius XII. Not a fan of his, but maybe he was very subtle in his machinations.
Dave Sippel
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'll be honest, these books are very entertaining but don't feel very scholarly. Sensationalism is the focus. Don't expect an in depth view of the inner working of The Vatican. It feels like a magazine bound into a hard cover book but there is no denying that there are some great pictures inside.
Jesse
Oct 24, 2015 added it
Did not hold my attention as in other books
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Brenda Ralph Lewis is a writer with over 200 books on history and numerous magazine articles and television documentaries to her name. Her fascination with Scottish history and culture began early in her career and she has since returned to the subject at every opportunity. She regards [her] book on tartans as a labor of love.
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