Dark History of the Popes (Dark Histories) by Brenda Ralph Lewis

By Brenda Ralph Lewis

Within the tenth century, being head of the Catholic Church didn’t cease Pope John XII from allegedly committing incest together with his sisters, calling on pagan gods and goddesses, being an alcoholic and placing his mistress in control of his brothel. in fact, being pope didn’t make popes well known both: in 896AD, Pope Formosus died, yet that used to be no crisis to Lambert of Spoleto, who bore anything of a grudge, in exhuming the pontiff and placing him on trial. Formosus used to be came across to blame of being unworthy of his papal place of work, had all his acts annulled and his physique was once thrown within the Tiber. From corruption to nepotism, from campaign to witch-burning to Inquisition, from popes sanctioning homicide to popes being murdered, darkish heritage of The Popes explores greater than one thousand years of sinister deeds surrounding the papacy. starting from the ninth century advert to Pope Pius XII’s place in the course of international struggle II, the e-book examines political, spiritual and social background during the skulduggery of popes and courtiers, the function the Borgias kin performed within the papacy, the persecution of Jews and the non secular controversy over Galileo Galilei’s heretical perspectives, between different themes. utilizing diaries, letters, stories from overseas ambassadors to the Vatican and legitimate registers of the ecclesiastical courts, an image of either sinning and sinned opposed to popes is printed. filled with greater than 2 hundred color and black-&-white images, work and artistic endeavors, darkish heritage of The Popes is an eye-opening account of the heritage of the papacy that pontiffs might relatively now not point out.

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P. Acht, vol. 2, pt. SS. 10, p. 56); Vita S. SS. 23, p. SS. 25, p. 83 ad 1146 (Douai, 1624; rpt. 1965). The fifteenth-century humanist Trithermius of Sponheim referred to Hildegard in many of his writings. See his Chronicon Hirsaugiense ad 1149, 1150, 1160, 1180; Chronicon Sponheimense ad 1136, 11481150, 1179, 1498; Catalogus illustrium virorum Germaniae, p. 138; De scriptoribus ecclesiasticis, p. 281, all in Opera historica, ed. Marquand Freher (Frankfurt, 1601; rpt. 1966). 12. Vita, auctore Guiberto 1, Pitra 408.

The ardent Walloon monk, inspired by his correspondence with the seer, eventually came to visit her in Bingen and became her secretary in 1177, remaining at the convent until after her death. 42 The ostensible cause of this ban was the burial of an excommunicated nobleman in the Rupertsberg churchyard, although the deceased had been reconciled with the Church before his death. The canons of Mainz Cathedral demanded that his bones be exhumed, but Hildegard refused and instead solemnly blessed the grave with her abbatial staff.

In 1147 she wrote to St. Bernard, whom she greatly admired, to request his prayers and counsel. 20 18. Acta 7, PL 197: 136b. 19. Pierre Riché, "L'Enfant dans la société monastique au XIIe siècle," in Pierre AbélardPierre le Vénérable: Les courants philosophiques, littéraires et artistiques en Occident au milieu du XIIe siècle. Colloque international de Cluny, 1972 (Paris, 1975): 69293. 20. Ep. 29, PL 197: 18990. For a corrected edition of this letter see Echtheit 1058. Page 9 The abbot of Clairvaux endorsed Hildegard's gift, though with some reserve.

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