The author's work deserved five stars but he was poorly served by the publisher's careless conversion of the print version to a Kindle e-book. OCR errors are frequent; some truly absurd as when the bishop of Arles in southern France is consistently transposed into the zodiac as the bishop of Aries and the Ottonian Emperor's influence over the Church is transferred to the Ottoman Emperor.
Such a fine book should have been proofread more carefully. The best book on the papacy I have come upon. Duffy is objective, but doesn't gloss over and spare the reader any of the intrigue that has accompanied this institution. It's a piece of high dollar scholarship that is also a page turner.
Gift for a priest friend Eamon Duffy's history of the papacy is an intriguing study of the men and the institution. It also provides a snapshot of the history of Western civilization over 2,millennia. Ordered as text for my master's program. The book service was great and the book even more wonderful.
One person found this helpful. Informative and too much detail for one wanting an overview; however, if one wants all the details, this is a five star.
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Very readable and insightful. I was looking for a lot of gruesome medieval stuff, but in fact the theology, politics and humanity of the more recent Popes was far more interesting. Very insightful look into the papacy and it's history in almost two thousand years of the Roman Catholic church. See all 14 reviews. Most recent customer reviews.
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