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“What are the best books about Popes and the Vatican?” We looked at 436 different titles, aggregating and ranking the entries in an attempt to answer that very question!

Part 3 of our Italy week is Popes and the Vatican! Did you love Young Pope and want to learn about Old Popes? Curious to learn more about the smallest county in the world (.2 square miles)? Or possibly just a crazy hat enthusiast? Well this list is for you!

The lists we made are:

Below you can find the top 38 books, all appearing on 2 or more lists, with images, summaries, and links. The remaining 400 books, as well as the articles we used are at the bottom of the page.

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The Top Vatican & Pope Books



38 .) A History of the Popes, From Peter to the Present by John W. O’Malley

A History Of The Popes- From Peter To The Present by John W. O'Malley

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“The Pope of Rome is the best known and most influential moral and religious leader in the world. Pick up the paper, turn on the T.V., and there he is. Every government in the world has to deal with him somehow. Love him or hate him, there is no denying his importance. It’s this way today, and it’s been this way since Emperor Constantine legalized Christianity in the 4th century.

In all that time, there have been wonder-working saints, lecherous murderers, and many, many mediocrities on the Papal throne – every kind of human being imaginable. Historically, the lives of Popes have been anything but dull and uneventful. Formosus was so hated by his successor, the corrupt Stephen VI, that his rotting corpse was disinterred and subjected to a court trial. St. Leo the Great frightened Attila the Hun into sparing Rome, while St. Gregory the Great banished the plague from the Eternal City by holding a procession. St. Leo III crowned Charlemagne Emperor by surprise on Christmas Day, but John XII (himself the son of a Pope) was killed by his mistress’ lover, and died in her arms. John Paul II raised the popularity of the Papacy to incredible heights, played a huge role in bringing down Communism – and exorcised the Devil from a girl during a public audience.”

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37 .) A Season for the Dead by David Hewson

A Season For The Dead (Nic Costa #1) by David Hewson

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“Stefano’s left arm, the one holding the weapon, swept the table, swept everything on it . . . She was quiet, waiting, which was, his eyes seemed to say, what he wanted. Then Stefano lifted up the bag to the height of the desk, turned it upside down, let the contents fall on the table and said, ‘The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.”” ‘

Whilst Sara Farnese pours over ancient texts in the silent Vatican reading room, a brutal murder is taking place in a nearby church. Then suddenly a crazed man enters the Vatican carrying a bloodied bag. He walks up to Sara’s desk. He has something he would like her to see . . .”

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36 .) Behind Locked Doors: A History of the Papal Elections by Frederic J. Baumgartner

Behind Locked Doors- A History of the Papal Elections by Frederic J. Baumgartner

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  • Georgetown Law
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Since 1600, whenever a Pope dies, the Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church convene in Rome to elect a successor. The Papal Conclave is an event like no other. Highly secret and conducted behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, it happens about eight times every century. It is an event that has evolved over the centuries and is always filled with high drama: cardinals meeting en masse in their scarlet robes, throngs of the faithful standing watch in St. Peter’s Square, the black or white smoke billowing from the chimney signalling the election of a new Pontiff Since secrecy was not heavily invoked until the twentieth century, there is a vast store of rich material to work from and Fred Baumgartner uses it to its utmost detailing the bickering and blatant politicking that goes on behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel in this important and timely book.

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35 .) Chronicle of the Popes: The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Papacy from St. Peter to the Present by P. G. Maxwell-Stuart

Chronicle of the Popes- The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Papacy From St. Peter to the Present by P.G. Maxwell-Stuart

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For nearly two thousand years the popes have not only shaped the course of one of the world’s great religions but have also played a part―sometimes a dominant part―in the history of Europe. Martyrs, monks, noblemen, Franciscans, Dominicans, hermits, and even unordained laymen have occupied the throne of St. Peter. This book recounts the lives and deeds of the popes from Peter to John Paul II.

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34 .) City of Secrets: The Truth Behind the Murders at the Vatican by John Follain

City of Secrets- The Truth Behind the Murders at the Vatican by John Follain

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33 .) Conclave: The Politics, Personalities, and Process of the Next Papal Election by John L. Allen

Conclave- The Politics, Personalities and Process of the Next Papal Election by John L. Allen Jr.

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“A captivating insider’s guide to the politics and personalities that will have a tremendous impact on one of the world’s most secretive and important events–the election of a pope.

The next time a conclave unfolds in Rome, some 6,000 journalists are expected to descend on the Eternal City to cover the death of John Paul II and report on the election of his successor. The man in white who emerges from the Sistine Chapel at its conclusion will automatically become one of the most important figures on earth, a leader who commands a unique combination of political and spiritual power. Depending on how he chooses to exercise that power, governments and political systems may rise or fall, religious wars may heat up or abate, and the Church may undergo a radical transformation–from changes in its stances on such issues as sexuality, the place of women in the Church, to the role of the papacy itself. “

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32 .) Documents Illustrating Papal Authority: AD 96-454 by E Giles

Documents Illustrating Papal Authority- Ad 96-454 by E. Giles, Hermenegild

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31 .) Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess

Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess

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In Earthly Powers Burgess created his masterpiece. At its center are two twentieth-century men who represent different kinds of power—Kenneth Toomey, a past-his-prime author of mediocre fiction, a man who has outlived his contemporaries to survive into, bitter, luxurious old age, living in self-exile on Malta; and Don Carlo Campanati, a man of God, eventually of church revolution and a candidate for sainthood beloved Pope, who rises through the Vatican as a shrewd manipulator to become the architect.

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30 .) Heirs of the Fisherman: Behind the Scenes of Papal Death and Succession by John-Peter Pham

Heirs of the Fisherman- Behind the Scenes of Papal Death and Succession by John-Peter Pham

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In Heirs of the Fisherman, former Vatican insider John-Peter Pham presents a candid portrait of the modern Vatican, the only account to reveal the striking changes to papal succession procedures made by John Paul II. Blending political and ecclesiastical history, Pham goes beyond a mere description of the complex rituals to offer rare insight into the dramatic shifts inside the College of Cardinals, whose 100 members now hail from 50 nations around the globe. He takes us into the secret conclave, where the electors were kept under lock and key, until they had selected a new pope. He also includes a chapter devoted to the intrigues of the 20th century where the first conclave had an emperor’s veto and the last was won by the first non-Italian in four centuries becauase the Italians were bitterly divided.

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29 .) Italy and the Vatican at War by S. William Halperin

 

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28 .) Lives of the Popes: The Pontiffs from St by Richard P. McBrien

Lives of the Popes - The Pontiffs from St. Peter to John Paul II by Richard P. McBrien

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27 .) Map of Bones (Sigma Force, #2) by James Rollins

Map of Bones (Sigma Force #2) by James Rollins

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“The bones lead to ancient mysteries and present-day terror . . . To follow them means death.

During a crowded service at a cathedral in Germany, armed intruders in monks’ robes unleash a nightmare of blood and destruction. But the killers have not come for gold; they seek a more valuable prize: the bones of the Magi who once paid homage to a newborn savior . . . a treasure that could reshape the world.

With the Vatican in turmoil, Sigma Force under the command of Grayson Pierce leaps into action, pursuing a deadly mystery that weaves through sites of the Seven Wonders of the World and ends at the doorstep of an ancient, mystical, and terrifying secret order. For there are those with dark plans for the stolen sacred remains that will alter the future of humankind . . . when science and religion unite to unleash a horror not seen since the beginning of time.”

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26 .) Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling by Ross King

Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling by Ross King

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In 1508, despite strong advice to the contrary, the powerful Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo Buonarroti to paint the ceiling of the newly restored Sistine Chapel in Rome. Despite having completed his masterful statue David four years earlier, he had little experience as a painter, even less working in the delicate medium of fresco, and none with challenging curved surfaces such as the Sistine ceiling’s vaults. The temperamental Michelangelo was himself reluctant: He stormed away from Rome, incurring Julius’s wrath, before he was eventually persuaded to begin.

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25 .) Passing the Keys: Modern Cardinals, Conclaves and the Election of the Next Pope by Francis A. Burkle-Young

Passing the Keys- Modern Cardinals, Conclaves, and the Election of the Next Pope by Francis A. Burkle-Young

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Burkle-Young describes the principle candidates in the early negotiations for the conclave that will elect the next Pope and chronicles John Paul II’s most likely successors.

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24 .) Pontiff by Gordon Thomas

Pontiff by Gordon Thomas, Max Morgan-Witts

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The Vatican has remained one of the last unexamined mysteries of the modern world. For centuries, pomp and pageantry have hidden from view the dramatic, sometimes sinister, realities that haunt the office of Supreme Pontiff and the men who make up his papacy. Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan Witts now bring their tremendous investigative talent to this most secret of institutions, offering us an unrivaled portrait and day-to-day account of the lives, personalities, and relationships of the three most recent popes: an equally fine account of the hour-by-hour deliberations of the closely guarded conclaves at which two popes were elected in the fateful year of 1978; and a remarkable rendering of the concrete issues facing the institutional papacy—in foreign affairs, economic matters, and the human factor—the highly individual ambitions, loyalties, and hatreds that characterize the men and women who serve the Holy Father.

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23 .) The Accidental Pope by Raymond Flynn

The Accidental Pope- A Novel by Raymond Flynn, Robin Moore

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“The former US Ambassador to the Vatican and the bestselling author of The French Connection join forces to write an unforgettable, compelling novel about a humble fisherman who is elected as the next Pope.

Locked in a stalemate after days of voting, the College of Cardinals struggles through the arduous process of electing a new pope after the death of Pope John Paul II. In an effort to break the impasse at the conclave, Brian Comiskey, Cardinal Primate of All Ireland, in a stunning surprise development, withdraws from the race. Explaining his decision, he offers an anecdote about being among a boat load of clerics who were caught in an unexpected storm, then miraculously rescued by his friend Bill Kelly, a former priest and now a Cape Cod fisherman.”

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22 .) The Book of the Popes (Liber Pontificalis) by Louise Ropes LoomisColumbia University Press

The Book of the Popes- To the Pontificate of Gregory I, Liber Pontificalis by Louise Ropes Loomis

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This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.

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21 .) The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Popes and the Papacy by Brandon Toropov

The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Popes and the Papacy by Yusuf Toropov

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20 .) The Early Modern Papacy: From the Council of Trent to the French Revolution 1564-1789 by A.D. Wright

The Early Modern Papacy- From The Council Of Trent To The French Revolution, 1564 1789 by A.D. Wright

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A history of the Papacy covering the vital period from the Renaissance through the Counter Reformation to the period of the French Revolution. Its a broad survey analysing the influence of Papal power not only across Europe but the wider world also.

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19 .) The Medieval Papacy by Geoffrey Barraclough

The Medieval Papacy (Library of World Civilization) by Geoffrey Barraclough

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18 .) The Papacy by Bernard Schimmelpfennig

The Papacy Bernard Schimmelpfennig

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Bernhard Schimmelpfennig chronicles the institution of the papacy and its influence on the culture, politics, and economy throughout the decline of the Roman emparie, Byzantine rule, and the Middle Ages in his book, The Papacy. The full spectrum of the institutional Medieval Church is examined as Schimmelpfennig presents its evolution through liturgical, political, artistic, cultural, and economic developments, as well as social changes that occurred under the papacy’s influence such as a revamping of marriage laws, housing construction, and food distribution.

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17 .) The Papacy and World Affairs as Reflected in the Secularization of Politics by Carl Conrad Eckhardt

 

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16 .) The Pope Who Quit: A True Medieval Tale of Mystery, Death, and Salvation by Jon M. Sweeney

The Pope Who Quit- A True Medieval Tale of Mystery, Death, and Salvation by Jon M. Sweeney

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“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.”

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15 .) The Popes at Avignon, 1305-1378 by Guillaume Mollat

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14 .) The Popes: Histories and Secrets by Claudio Rendina

The Popes- Histories and Secrets by Claudio Rendina

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The papacy started in 30 A.D. when Jesus Christ declared that Simon Bar-Jona would be called Peter (rock). It was on that “rock” the Catholic Church was built and a legacy of 263 popes would follow St. Peter. This book is a chronological compilation of all the men who have received the title of Bishop of Rome and the part each played in the evolution of the Catholic Church and in impacting the history of the world. Christianity took root in a land and time that was grudgingly tolerant at best or zealously persecutory at its worst. For the first four centuries, being named the Bishop of Rome often meant exile, imprisonment, torture, or martyrdom. As Christianity gained adherents among the rich and powerful the papal seat became one of global influence. The Popes shows the human aspects of the vicar of Christ while reassessing the myths surrounding the person. Theological evaluations are avoided to give readers a more realistic view of these men and the part they played in the shaping of history.

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13 .) The Third Secret by Steve Berry

The Third Secret by Steve Berry

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“Explosive in both its pace and its revelations, The Third Secret is a remarkable international thriller. Bestselling author Steve Berry tackles some of the most controversial ideas of our time in a breakneck journey through the history of the Church and the future of religion.

Fatima, Portugal, 1917: The Virgin Mary appears to three peasant children, sharing with them three secrets, two of which are soon revealed to the world. The third secret is sealed away in the Vatican, read only by popes, and not disclosed until the year 2000. When revealed, its quizzical tone and anticlimactic nature leave many faithful wondering if the Church has truly unveiled all of the Virgin Mary’s words–or if a message far more important has been left in the shadows.”

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12 .) The Vatican by Michael Collins

The Vatican by Michael Collins

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“A visually stunning and uniquely informative insider’s view to the great treasures and daily life in the Holy City, The Vatican is a unique behind-the-scenes look at the world’s smallest nation and the spiritual center of the Catholic Church.
Written by an accomplished church historian and produced with the full cooperation of the Vatican, this beautifully illustrated guide delves into the 2,000-year-long history of the Vatican. It discusses papal influence, daily life and governance of the world’s largest religious body, and the art collections and other priceless treasures rarely seen by the public.”

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11 .) A History of the Popes, 1830-1914 by Owen Chadwick

A History of the Popes 1830-1914 (Oxford History of the Christian Church) by Owen Chadwick

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Could a Pope ever consent to be the subject of a political power? Chadwick presents an analysis of the causes and consequences of the end of the historic Papal State, and the psychological pressures upon old Rome as it came under attack from the Italian Risorgimento; and not only from Italy, but from liberal movements in Germany, France, Spain, and Portugal, as well as Tsarist Russia as it oppressed its Polish subjects. If a united Italy was to be achieved, the State would have to disappear. These pressures caused Popes to resist “the world” rather than to try to influence it, to make the Vatican more of a sanctuary behind high walls, and to preach the more otherworldly aspects of Catholic faith. At the same time they met new moral demands: the rights of the laborer in industry, divorce, and toleration–which they could confront because the Revolution had destroyed the powers of the Catholic kings over their churches. Thus, Chadwick points out, Catholic authority could be far more centralized in Rome.

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10 .) A Short History of the Papacy in the Middle Ages by Walter Ullmann

A Short History of the Papacy in the Middle Ages by Walter Ullmann

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“This classic text outlines the development of the Papacy as an institution in the Middle Ages. With profound knowledge, insight and sophistication, Walter Ullmann traces the course of papal history from the late Roman Empire to its eventual decline in the Renaissance.

The focus of this survey is on the institution and the idea of papacy rather than individual figures, recognizing the shaping power of the popes’ roles that made them outstanding personalities. The transpersonal idea, Ullmann argues, sprang from Christianity itself and led to the Papacy as an institution sui generis.”

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9 .) Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

Angels and Demons (Robert Langdon #1) by Dan Brown

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“An ancient secret brotherhood. A devastating new weapon of destruction. An unthinkable target. When world-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to his first assignment to a Swiss research facility to analyze a mysterious symbol—seared into the chest of a murdered physicist—he discovers evidence of the unimaginable: the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati…the most powerful underground organization ever to walk the earth. The Illuminati has now surfaced to carry out the final phase of its legendary vendetta against its most hated enemy—the Catholic Church.

Langdon’s worst fears are confirmed on the eve of the Vatican’s holy conclave, when a messenger of the Illuminati announces they have hidden an unstoppable time bomb at the very heart of Vatican City. With the countdown under way, Langdon jets to Rome to join forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and mysterious Italian scientist, to assist the Vatican in a desperate bid for survival.”

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8 .) God’s Spy by Juan Gomez-Jurado

God's Spy (Father Anthony Fowler #1) by Juan Gomez-Jurado

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A ruthless serial killer, a chilling conspiracy, and a deadly race around the Vatican converge in this internationally bestselling thriller. In the days following the death of Pope John Paul II, the horribly disfigured body of a cardinal is discovered in a chapel in Rome. With a serial killer now on the loose in the Vatican, Police Inspector Paola Dicanti is assigned to the grisly case. Desperate to find the killer before another victim dies, she enlists the help of Father Anthony Fowler, a charismatic American priest who knows more about the killer than Paola could have imagined. As Paola and Father Anthony struggle through the web of tantalizing clues, the evidence leads them to powerful figures within the Church hierarchy. But their pursuit of the truth may make them the next pawns to be sacrificed in this terrifying and deadly game.

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7 .) Keepers of the Keys of Heaven: A History of the Papacy by Roger Collins

Keepers of the Keys of Heaven- A History of the Papacy by Roger Collins

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One of the most enduring and influential of all human institutions, the Papacy has also been among the most controversial. From the founding of the Christian Church in the first century AD to the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe in the late twentieth century, the Popes have been central players in the history of Europe. In “Keepers of the Keys of Heaven,” eminent medieval and religious scholar Roger Collins presents the entire, grand arc of papal history in an objective, accessible single volume. From the separation of the Greek and Latin churches to the contemporary controversies that threaten the unity of the many-million-strong Catholic Church, Collins shows how no one seeking to make sense of the modern world can neglect the vital role of the popes.

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6 .) Original Papal Documents in England and Wales from the Accession of Pope Innocent III to the Death of Pope Benedict XI by Jane E. Sayers

Original Papal Documents in England and Wales from the Accession of Pope Innocent III to the Death of Pope Benedict XI (1198-1304) by Jane E. Sayers

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The medieval popes conducted a vigorous correspondence with monarchs, clergy, and lay people all over western Europe. In this volume over a thousand surviving letters have been brought together, analyzed, and discussed for the first time. They provide important insights not only into the activities of the papal court but also into the aspirations and desires of the petitioners.

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5 .) The Papal Monarchy, The Western Church from 1050 to 1250 by Colin Morris

The Papal Monarchy- The Western Church from 1050 to 1250 (Oxford History of the Christian Church) by Colin Morris

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In this book Morris examines the building of Christian society between 1050 and 1250. The two centuries covered were among the most creative in the history of the Church and saw the emergence of much that is considered characteristic of European culture and religion: universities, commercial cities, hospitals, the crusades, the inquisition, papal government, canon law, and marriage in its “western” form.

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4 .) When in Rome : A Journal of Life in Vatican City by Robert J. Hutchinson

When in Rome- A Journal of Life in the Vatican City by Robert J. Hutchinson

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Lighthearted and altogether fascinating, When in Rome is a delightful backstairs tour of one of the world’s most mysterious and eccentric cities. With his wife and three young sons, Robert Hutchinson moved to Rome shortly before his thirty-ninth birthday, intending to explore the Vatican in depth. He sought to capture “the personality of the place: the smells and the traffic, the rich delicacies of Roman food, the perils of the Italian language, the way Italian monsignori push their way to the front of the line, just like their lay countrymen.” When in Rome is the extraordinary journal of his Roman sojourn.

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3 .) White Smoke: A Novel of Papal Election by Andrew M. Greeley

White Smoke by Andrew M. Greeley

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“The cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church have gathered in Rome for the papal election following the death of the incumbent pope. Torn by internal conflict and with many of its members alienated, the Church faces one of the most serious crises in its history. A coalition of cardinals favors a more moderate and pluralistic style of papal governance, but must contend with shadowy Vatican forces that oppose change and loss of their own power. These forces are determined to destory the coalition’s candidate, a gentle and brilliant Spanish scholar. The leader of the coalition is Chicago’s wily Sean Cardinal Cronin, aided by his patently indispensable sidekick, Bishop John Blackwood “”Blackie”” Ryan.

A lone assassin stalks the Vatican, his crazed mission: to destroy the next pope as soon as the traditional white smoke issues from the cardinals’ meeting room–the Sistine Chapel–followed by the ancient words Habemus papam.”

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2 .) Absolute Monarchs, A History of the Papacy by John Julius Norwich

Absolute Monarchs- A History of the Papacy by John Julius Norwich

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In a chronicle that captures nearly two thousand years of inspiration and intrigue, John Julius Norwich recounts in riveting detail the histories of the most significant popes and what they meant politically, culturally, and socially to Rome and to the world. Norwich presents such popes as Innocent I, who in the fifth century successfully negotiated with Alaric the Goth, an invader civil authorities could not defeat; Leo I, who two decades later tamed (and perhaps paid off) Attila the Hun; the infamous “pornocracy”—the five libertines who were descendants or lovers of Marozia, debauched daughter of one of Rome’s most powerful families; Pope Paul III, “the greatest pontiff of the sixteenth century,” who reinterpreted the Church’s teaching and discipline; John XXIII, who in five short years starting in 1958 instituted reforms that led to Vatican II; and Benedict XVI, who is coping with today’s global priest sex scandal.

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1 .) Saints and Sinners: A History of the Popes by Eamon Duffy

Saints and Sinners- A History of the Popes by Eamon Duffy

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This engrossing book encompasses the extraordinary history of the papacy, from its beginnings to the present day. This new edition covers the unprecedented resignation of Benedict XVI and the election of the first Argentinian pope.

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392011 Vatican, The Wall CalendarOrange Circle StudioBarnes & Noble
40A Big Heart Open to God: A Conversation With Pope FrancisDelaware Online
41A Brief History of Vatican IIGiuseppe AlberigoBarnes & Noble
42A Concise Guide to the Documents of Vatican II / Edition 1Edward P. HahnenbergBarnes & Noble
43A Dark History: The Popes: Vice, Murder, and Corruption in the VaticanBrenda Ralph LewisBarnes & Noble
44A History of the PapacyAllan HallBarnes & Noble
45A History of the Popes: From Peter to the PresentJohn W. O’MalleyBarnes & Noble
46A Moral Reckoning: The Role of the Catholic Church in the Holocaust and Its Unfulfilled Duty of RepairDaniel Jonah GoldhagenBarnes & Noble
47A Retreat with Pope John XXIII: Opening the Windows to WisdomAlfred McBrideBarnes & Noble
48A Special Mission: Hitler’s Secret Plot to Seize the Vatican and Kidnap Pope Pius XIIDan KurzmanBarnes & Noble
49A Stroll in the Vatican GardensE. M. JungWorld Rover
50A Sudden TerrorAnthony F. D’EliaBarnes & Noble
51A Thief in the Night: The Mysterious Death of Pope John Paul IJohn CornwellBarnes & Noble
52A True Medieval Tale of Mystery, Death, and SalvationJon M. SweeneyBook Browse
53A Year with John Paul II: Daily Meditations from His Writings and PrayersPope John Paul IIBarnes & Noble
54A. D. One Thousand – Living on the Brink of Apocalypse: A History of the Tenth Century for Those Who Hope to See the Year 2000Richard ErdoesBarnes & Noble
55A.D. 1000 : A World on the Brink of ApocalypseRichard ErdoesBarnes & Noble
56Address to World Meeting of Popular MovementsDelaware Online
57Africa: Apostolic PilgrimagePope John Paul IIBarnes & Noble
58After Forty Years: Vatican Council II’s Diverse LegacyKenneth D. WhiteheadBarnes & Noble
59All the Pope’s Men: The Inside Story of How the Vatican Really ThinksJohn L. AllenBarnes & Noble
60An Illustrated History of the Popes: St. Peter to John Paul IIMichael J. WalshBarnes & Noble
61An Unquenchable ThirstMary JohnsonBook Browse
62AT YOUR FINGERTIPSSpiteriBarnes & Noble
63Augustinianism: Studies in the Process of Spiritual TranvaluationJD GreenBarnes & Noble
64BasilicaWilliam MontalbanoWhat Should I Read next?
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387The Rise of Benedict XVI: The Inside Story of How the Pope Was Elected and Where He Will Take the Catholic ChurchJohn L. AllenBarnes & Noble
388The Road to Vatican II: Key Changes in Theology / Edition 1Maureen SullivanBarnes & Noble
389The Ruined Bridge: Studies in Barberini Patronage of Music and Spectacle 1631-1697Frederick HammondBarnes & Noble
390The Second Crusade: Scope and ConsequencesJonathan PhillipsBarnes & Noble
391The Secret Cardinal (Nolan Kilkenny Mystery, #5)Tom GraceGoodreads
392The Shoes of the FishermanMorris L. WestGoodreads
393The Social Thought of John XXIII: Mater et MagistraJean Yves CalvezBarnes & Noble
394The Spanish Church and the Papacy in the Thirteenth CenturyPeter LinehanBarnes & Noble
395The Spirit of Vatican II: A History of Catholic Reform in AmericaColleen McDannellBarnes & Noble
396The Templar SalvationRaymond KhouryWhat Should I Read next?
397The Thieves of HeavenRichard DoetschWhat Should I Read next?
398The Thorn BirdsMcCullough, ColleenBooks Set In
399The Thought of Gregory the GreatG. R. EvansBarnes & Noble
400The Thought of Pope Benedict XVI, New Edition: An Introduction to the Theology of Joseph RatzingerAidan NicholsThe Culture Trip
401The Time of the Assassins: Anatomy of an InvestigationClaire SterlingBarnes & Noble
402The Truth about What Really Happened to the Catholic Church after Vatican IIMichael DimondGoodreads
403The Tweetable Pope: A Spiritual Revolution in 140 CharactersDelaware Online
404The Universal Father: A Life of John Paul IIGarry OConnorBarnes & Noble
405The Vatican and Communism in World War II: What Really Happened?Robert A. GrahamBarnes & Noble
406The Vatican and Italian Fascism, 1929-32: A Study in ConflictJohn F. PollardBarnes & Noble
407The Vatican Exposed: Money, Murder, and the MafiaPaul WilliamsBarnes & Noble
408The Vatican Pimpernel: The World War II Exploits of the Monsignor Who Saved Over 6,500 LivesBrian FlemingBarnes & Noble
409The Vatican RipGash, JonathanBooks Set In
410The Vatican’s Women: Female Influence at the Holy SeePaul HofmannBarnes & Noble
411The World of the Middle Ages: A Reorientation of Medieval HistoryJohn L. LamonteAppleton-Century-CroftsQuestia
412Theological Highlights of Vatican IIPope Benedict XVIBarnes & Noble
413Towards the Healing of Schism: The Sees of Rome and ConstantinopleE. J. StormonBarnes & Noble
414Treasures of the Vatican CollectionsAlan LevyBarnes & Noble
415Tuscan Countess: The Life and Extraordinary Times of Matilda of CanossaMichele K. SpikeBarnes & Noble
416Under His Very Windows: The Vatican and the Holocaust in ItalySusan ZuccottiBarnes & Noble
417Unholy Popes: Outrageous But True Stories of Papal MisbehaviorBob CurranBarnes & Noble
418Upon This Rock: The Popes and Their Changing RolesPaul CollinsBarnes & Noble
419VaticanA Stroll in the Vatican GardensWorld Rover
420VaticanMalachi MartinGoodreads
421VaticanF. MayerBarnes & Noble
422Vatican City StateMichael J. WalshBarnes & Noble
423Vatican Council Notebooks: Volume OneHenri De LubacBarnes & Noble
424Vatican II and the Ecumenical WayGeorge H. TavardBarnes & Noble
425Vatican II: Did Anything Happen?John W. O’MalleyBarnes & Noble
426Vatican II: The Essential TextsNorman TannerBarnes & Noble
427Vicars of Christ: Popes, Power, and Politics in the Modern WorldRiccardsBarnes & Noble
428Wartime Correspondence between President Roosevelt and Pope Pius XIIMyron C. TaylorBarnes & Noble
429Warwords: U. S. Militarism the Catholic Right and the Bulgarian ConnectionDwight D. EisenhowerBarnes & Noble
430Western Mysticism: Augustine, Gregory and Bernard on Contemplation and the Contemplative LifeDom Cuthbert ButlerBarnes & Noble
431Western Mysticism: The Teaching of Saint Augustine and Saint Bernard on Contemplation and the Contemplative Life / Edition 2ButlerBarnes & Noble
432Western Mysticism: The Teaching of SS. Augustine, Gregory, and Bernard on Contemplation and the Contemplative LifeCuthbert ButlerBarnes & Noble
433What Happened at Vatican IIJohn W. O’MalleyBarnes & Noble
434What Went Wrong with Vatican II: The Catholic Crisis ExplainedRalph McInernyBarnes & Noble
435Windswept House: A Vatican NovelMalachi MartinWhat Should I Read next?
436Yours Is a Precious Witness: Memoirs of Jews and Catholics in Wartime ItalyMargherita MarchioneBarnes & Noble


The Best Fiction And Nonfiction Book Lists About Popes And The Vatican



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Barnes & Noble Vatican City – History: Books
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Books Set In Vatican City
Delaware Online The 13 best books to read to understand Pope Francis
Georgetown Law Papal Election Research Guide
Goodreads BOOKS SET IN VATICAN CITY
Oxford Bibliographies Papacy
Questia Papal History
The Culture Trip Beyond The Da Vinci Code: The Best Books About the Vatican City
Vatican Books about the history of the Papacy
What Should I Read next? Books with the subject: Vatican City
Wikipedia History of the Papacy
World Rover Vatican City Books and Travel Guides