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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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Nov. 1 2004 0786415274 978-0786415274
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 that were fundamentally similar 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 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. The author also explains such details as why a pope can only be declared dead when he is tapped with a hammer three times, why a pope must be embalmed (and how strangely some popes have been embalmed throughout history), and why three bags of coins and a brass cylinder are buried with the pope.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 310 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company (Nov. 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786415274
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786415274
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 18 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,668,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Papal historian Wendy J. Reardon lives in Milton, Massachusetts. Visit her website at --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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
By Michael Libritz - Published on
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars This a great book. Fascinating information on the rituals used in ... July 22 2014
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This a great book. Fascinating information on the rituals used in the past. The list of Popes and how they died was worth the price of the book alone.

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