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Overview A narrative history explores the sweeping events surrounding what has become known as the "Babylonian captivity" of the popes into the broader story of fourteenth-century Europe--one of the most turbulent times in the continent's history.
Publishers Description Like the finest medieval tapestry, this narrative history masterfully weaves together the sweeping events surrounding what has become known as the "Babylonian captivity" of the popes into the broader story of 14th-century Europe--one of the most turbulent times in the continent's history. It was a time of fear, ferocity, and religious agony, which saw the suppression of the Knights Templar and the Cathars, the first onslaught of the plague, and the beginning of the Hundred Years' War. The century also produced some of the greatest writers and artists in the western tradition, including Giotto, Boccaccio, Petrarch, and Chaucer. Central to this period was the movement of the papal seat from Rome to Avignon in the south of France, where seven successive popes held power from 1309 to 1377. The drama, intrigue, and tumult associated with the papacy in exile forms the perfect lens through which to clearly see a Europe making the transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.
Citations And Professional Reviews The Popes of Avignon: A Century in Exile by Edwin Mullins has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Library Journal - 10/01/2008 page 76
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.67" Width: 5.74" Height: 0.94" Weight: 0.98 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2008
ISBN 1933346159 ISBN13 9781933346151
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More About Edwin Mullins
Edwin Mullins is an Oxford-educated writer, journalist, and filmmaker who has published numerous books on architecture and the visual arts, including "Cluny" and "The Pilgrimage to Santiago." He lives part of the year near Avignon.
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The Babylonian Captivity of the Church Apr 3, 2009
When I was in parochial high school, we had a course in Church History. The part of the book about the popes in Avignon was titled exactly as I titled my review. It was a very brief mention, with some emphasis on the anti-popes, and that was about it.
This very informative book fills in all the gaps that my Church History book left blank. The author tells us why the popes moved to Avignon, why they stayed, and finally, why they returned to Rome. Obviously, political pressure was involved in the whole process, but fear of the Roman mobs was a contributing factor.
We get a very good view of the town and its surroundings, and also all of the improvements that were made by the various popes who resided in Avignon. It seems at that time that the maority of cardinals were either French or Italian, and national pride and opposition made everything appear much worse. It didn't help that all of this took place during the English-French 100 Years War, and that the popes were temporal rulers of large amounts of land, mostly on the Italian peninsula. Being a secular ruler always seemed to involve the popes in political disputes of one kind or another.
It's very difficult to imagine a papacy still based in Avignon, with all of the history and glory that attaches itself to Rome. Read the book and discover for yourself the travails the Church put itself through for nearly an entire century.
French Popes Feb 23, 2009
A fine book about an era little understood. It clears up some misconceptions yet illuminates more clearly some known facts. A very good read.
History of Papal Exile Jan 24, 2009
Edwin Mullins has written another fascinating book about the history of the church during the middle ages. The first that I read dealt with the great abbey at Cluny. In this book, he tells the history of the papal move to Avignon and the rich history of papal rule from this exile outpost following the move from Rome. In moving and accessible prose, Mullins leads us through a period when the French kings had control over the papacy. It was a time of great growth and luxury as well as a time of terror and greed which led up to the return to Rome and the age of the Renaissance. The Popes of Avignon is well worth reading for anyone interested in the church of the late middle ages.
What an Age Nov 13, 2008
It was great reading this book because of the incredible stories. I am surprised there aren't more movies and books about these people. I vaguely knew about the Great Schism (two popes) and the Avignon popes and am very happy to find out what happened.
A strong consideration to history readers with an interest in the past of Christianity as a whole Nov 7, 2008
Rome, Vatican City, two locations synonymous with Roman Catholicism as their past and current capitals. But what of Avignon? "The Popes of Avignon" tells the story of the fourteenth century home of the papacy, after the time of anarchy in Italy drove the church's leaders fleeing to Avignon in France. These popes are commonly forgotten, but their influence over a unique time in Catholic history is worth learning about. "The Popes of Avignon" is educational and scholarly, a strong consideration to history readers with an interest in the past of Christianity as a whole.