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Publisher Description

The riveting story of Pope St. Celestine V, the pope who retired from the papacy.

At the close of the tumultuous Middle Ages, there lived a man who seemed destined from birth to save the world. His name was Peter Morrone, a hermit, a founder of a religious order, and, depending on whom you talk to, a reformer, an instigator, a prophet, a coward, a saint, and possibly the victim of murder. A stroke of fate would, practically overnight, transform this humble servant of God into the most powerful man in the Catholic Church. Half a year later, he would be the only pope in history to abdicate the chair of St. Peter, an act that nearly brought the papacy to its knees. What led him to make that decision and what happened afterward would be shrouded in mystery for centuries. The Pope Who Quit pulls back the veil of secrecy on this dramatic time in history and showcases a story that involves deadly dealings, apocalyptic maneuverings, and papal intrigue.

GENRE
History
RELEASED
2012
February 14
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
304
Pages
PUBLISHER
The Crown Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
7
MB

Customer Reviews

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Celestine V

Very well done, really appreciated his biblio. The narrative is not academic rather a well balanced, at times light but always informative, entertaining and historically accurate presentation.

Great style and not stodgy; this could easily have become onerous but is a book that constantly encourages you to continue. Really enjoyed it and strongly recommend it.

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