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The Deaths of the Popes: Comprehensive Accounts, Including Funerals, Burial Places and Epitaphs [Hardcover]

Wendy J. Reardon

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  • Hardcover: 310 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company (Oct. 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786415274
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786415274
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 18 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,520,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

The customs and traditions associated with a pope’s death have changed quite a bit from the time when popes were buried in the underground catacombs of Rome. Various ceremonies, rites, and rituals developed over time, but a formal procedure for the death of the pope wasn’t initiated until the early fourteenth century, and even then, the protocol wasn’t always followed to the letter.

This comprehensive reference book provides information on the deaths, funerals, and burial places of each pope and antipope from St. Peter (Apostle) to John Paul I. Among some of the most interesting are the deaths of Innocent X, who was almost gnawed by rats because no one would bury him; Alexander VI, who was stuffed into an old carpet and pummeled into his coffin; and Formosus, whose corpse was physically put on trial. The Introduction presents a brief history of papal funerals and tombs, and also covers modern burials. A unique feature of the book is its presentation of all papal epitaphs, in their original language and in English—many translated for the first time.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Papal burial places and epitaphs. Sept. 8 2005
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Comprehensive listing. Covers the territory. Convenient 1 volume compendium of material only covered piecemeal elsewhere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Papal death rules Dec 18 2004
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Of all the books of papal death, this is the one that I would bring to the beach. This is fantastic summer reading, with or without a Corona in hand. I recommend Papal death.

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