Roger Collins, "Keepers Of The Keys Of Heaven: A History Of The Papacy"
2009-02-23 | 593 Pages | ISBN: 075382695X | PDF | 4,9 MB
According to Pope Innocent III, 'Nothing which happens in the world should escape the notice of the supreme pontiff', and for two millennia little has. Since its emergence from the ruins of the Roman Empire, the Papacy has represented the most extraordinary continuation of earthly power from the decline of the Roman empire to the collapse of Communism in the late twentieth century and beyond. The Papacy has faced many crises - dangers from within and assaults from without. For many centuries it only survived by timely alliances and clandestine pacts with Europe's kings and princes.