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The Pope Who Quit

A True Medieval Tale of Mystery, Death, and Salvation
Sweeney, Jon M. (Book - 2012)
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Documents the story of Pope Celestine V, evaluating the views of his supporters and detractors while tracing his progression to the papacy and his decision to abdicate months later, discussing his choice's impact on the Catholic Church.
Authors: Sweeney, Jon M., 1967-
Title: The Pope who quit
a true medieval tale of mystery, death, and salvation
Publisher: New York : Image Books, ©2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: x, 288 pages ;,21 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: pt. 1 When the unexpected happened ; A letter that changed just about everything ; The bizarre papal election of 1292-94 ; A most unlikely decision ; Spreading the news ; They came to take him away
Pt 2 Peter of Morrone, 1209-93. Now I will tell you of my life ; I became a man when I became a monk ; A hermit loves his cave ; The hundred-meter fast ; Walking to Lyon
pt. 3 Turbulent times. Obsessed with salvation ; Riding on an ass ; The colorful kings of Naples and Sicily ; Fifteen disastrous weeks ; Awkwardness in robes
pt. 3 The passion and the pity, 1294-96. I, Peter Celestine, am going away ; The new advent of Friar Peter ; Murdered by a pope ; The world is falling apart ; Is saint enough?
Summary: Documents the story of Pope Celestine V, evaluating the views of his supporters and detractors while tracing his progression to the papacy and his decision to abdicate months later, discussing his choice's impact on the Catholic Church.
Local Note: 15 53 118 148 172
Master record variable field(s) change: 505 WorldCat Holdings
ISBN: 0385531893
9780385531894
Statement of Responsibility: Jon M. Sweeney
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-273) and index.
Subject Headings: Papacy History To 1309. Popes Biography. Celestine V, Pope, 1215-1296.
Topical Term: Papacy
Popes
LCCN: 2011014808
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I think whoever wrote the jacket blurb oversold this just a tad. A little heavy on the religious history—well, duh, it’s about a pope—but there was enough in it to interest even non-Catholics like myself. I found it particularly entertaining that Sweeney brings up the possibility of Pope Benedict’s retirement and then goes on to posit that he doesn’t think it will ever take place.

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