For a full list of entries and contributors, a generous selection of sample entries, and more, visit the Papacy: An Encyclopedia website.
Routledge is pleased to publish this acclaimed resource in a revised, expanded, and updated English language edition, translated by a team of experts in papal history.
This comprehensive three-volume reference not only covers all of the popes (and anti-popes) from St. Peter to John Paul II, but also explores the papacy as an institution. Articles cover the inner workings--both contemporary and historical--of the Holy See, and encompass religious orders, papal encyclicals, historical events, papal controversies, the arts, and more. This set is destined to be the standard English-language reference for all issues concerning the papacy. Also inlcludes five maps.
"Contains much that is profitable, and even entertaining, for the historian and the merely curious. Like rich stew, The Papacy has more then enough in it to satisfy many tastes." -- The Journal of Religion
"An impressive 3-volume work… This Encyclopedia, the most complete and authoritative on the papacy yet published, can be highly recommended to academic libraries, seminaries, and religious institutes." -- American Reference Books Annual
"Excellent… Highly recommended for academic and public libraries, seminaries , and religious institutes." -- Journal of Church and State
"This outstanding encyclopedia will add significant depth to reference collections supporting religious and historical research." -- Lawrence Looks at Books, Gale Reference Reviews
"The chronological scope is impressive… This reference source belongs in all major research collections." -- Choice
"Authoritative and accurate… The articles are well-written, thoughtful, and interesting… This encyclopedia belongs in seminary, university, and other academic libraries, including high schools, and also in public libraries." -- Atlantis
"Although a three-volume encyclopedia may seem a large undertaking for such a specialized topic, the papacy is not just an important religious institution of interest in Western Europe. Rather, the Holy See is an extremely important player on the world's religious, political, and diplomatic stage. The detailed and substantial treatment of the subject matter, along with the scholarly approach taken, make this reference title appropriate for academic and large public library collections. Researchers in religion, art, and history will find much of use here." -- Booklist/RBB
"This encyclopedia should become the standard source on the subject… Highly recommended for public, academic, and religious collections." -- Library Journal (starred review)
"Will become the reference source of choice… For many libraries that focus on religious studies, this encyclopedia may be seen as essential." -- Against the Grain