Behind Locked Doors: A History of the Papal Elections

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Palgrave Macmillan, 19 déc. 2003 - 272 pages
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Since 1600, whenever a Pope dies, the Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church convene in Rome to elect a successor. The Papal Conclave is an event like no other. Highly secret and conducted behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, it happens about eight times every century. It is an event that has evolved over the centuries and is always filled with high drama: cardinals meeting en masse in their scarlet robes, throngs of the faithful standing watch in St. Peter's Square, the black or white smoke billowing from the chimney signalling the election of a new Pontiff Since secrecy was not heavily invoked until the twentieth century, there is a vast store of rich material to work from and Fred Baumgartner uses it to its utmost detailing the bickering and blatant politicking that goes on behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel in this important and timely book.
 

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This 2003 book gives a succinct account of the selection of every Pope, with particular attention to the elections since 1059, when the election of the Pope was entrusted exclusively to the Cardinals ... Consulter l'avis complet

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From Aposde to Pope
1
Election by the College of Cardinals 10591274
21
The Creation of the Conclave
39
Conclaves duting The Great Schism
59
Conclaves in the Renaissance T7 Chaprer VI Conclaves in the Reformation Era
101
Conclaves in the Baroque Era
127
Conclaves in the Age of Absolutism
151
Conclaves in the Ninereenth Centuty
179
Conclaves in the Twentierh Centuty
201
And On to the Twentyfirst Centuty
229
Sfumato
241
Notrs
247
Bibliography
257
Index
263
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