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The Pope Who Quit by Jon M. Sweeney (Chapter 1)

The Pope Who Quit by Jon M. Sweeney (Chapter 1)

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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.
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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Published by: Image Books on Dec 13, 2011
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Excerpted from The Pope Who Quit by Jon M. Sweeney. Copyright © 2012 byJon M. Sweeney. Excerpted by permission of Image, a division of RandomHouse, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may bereproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from thepublisher.

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Looks like an excellent read. An historical account with all the intrigue, drama and suspense with the glitz, smalls and bells of the Papacy as a backdrop.....if only History would repeat itself today with Benedict XVI...quit!
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