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What did you love best about History of the Papacy?
I have been studying medieval history, in particular, Church history for 28 years now and I find this book to be one of the best books on the subject. The author is obviously very knowledgeable on the papacy. He is extremely accurate on the subject. This book is not a quick read; on the contrary it is very in-depth on the subject. Wylie gives many references for his sources which lend to the accuracy of the writing; in addition, it is also very useful if you want to study the topic further. If I were to recommend one book on the subject of the papacy this would be it. I know that many people will not like this book because of some of the harsh things that are presented in regards to the catholic church, but, in fact, it is not this type of book that they are at odds with, but instead with the Catholic churches' history. At times, it has been less than nice and as historians, we cannot slant the truth of history because we don't care for what it looks like.
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It was very scholarly.
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Although many people will not agree, this is true history, as Wylie takes a look at history through a Biblical lens. That means there are no Popes, hence, not everyone who is not Protestant will be happy with this at all. I think it's absolutely spot on and the only reason it doesn't correspond with Pagan Romanism is because Wylie's Authority is the Bible, not Popes, which aren't Biblical. The narration is pretty dry, so students of Church history need to be patient. The narration could have had a lot more "pep" -- my suggestion is to listen or read this wonderful book along side with your Bible. The Truth of Jesus Christ will set you free! God bless you all.
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