A Dark History: The Popes Vice, Murder, And Corruption In The Vatican
The papacy is the longest-lasting elected office in the world, and the vast majority of popes have been good and honest Christians. However, not every pontiff has acted in an entirely admirable and saintly manner. A Dark History: The Popes reveals the darkest deeds of the papacy: the murky and immoral past of the throne of St. Peter.
The darkness of the papal history reveal...more
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 ...more
Wonderful book ;)
There were a lot of pictures and images from the times and the book was very thoroughly researched. My big complaint is that there were too many sidebars. I couldn't always ...more
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.
1. The murdered Popes: John VIII, Stephen VII, Stephen IX, and Benedict V
2. The Cadaver Synod of 897 (in which the corpse of Pope Formosus was dug up and put on trial for breakin ...more
When a book has the phrase Dark History in the title, I think you know what you are getting into. I know a little bit about the popes and what kind of things went on in the long history of the catholic church, but I wanted to have a bit more information, fill in the blanks as it were.
I was very concerned that the whole book was going to be a slam piece while reading the first couple chapters, I felt like the writers bias was on full d ...more
Instead of being split up from pope to pope, covers the basic dark epochs. There was the sixty year "Pornocracy", aka Rule of the Harlot ...more
The wording leans to the most salacious possible; and the history is iffy whenever it is open to interpretation, but the stories of "Popes behaving badly" is just as entertaining as hell (pardon the pun).
The sidebars are so frequent that it sometimes beco ...more
- Too 'textbooky' like annoying "large text boxes" that are just statements pulled from the paragraphs or "side note" boxes that jump backwards and forwards.
- Very little context in the beginnin ...more