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Pageant of the Popes is a book by John Farrow, first published in 1942. It contains a history of the Papacy, right from the first century up to the mid-twentieth century. The author, who himself was a devout and conservative Catholic, provides an extensive background on each pope, as well as pointing out the low points of papal history such as despot popes, those who had harems of concubines, and those who made pacts with dictators like Hitler and Mussolini. The book is full of interesting facts - popes were not infallible until the mid-nineteenth century, Napolean once imprisoned Pius VI and almost managed to get him to sign over the Vatican to France, and details on the only English pope, Adrian IV.
This book has 213 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1942.
Production notes: This ebook of Pageant of the Popes was published by Global Grey on the 30th January 2022. The artwork used for the cover is 'Pope Urban II consecrating the Saint-Sernin Basilica' by Antoine Rivalz.
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