Tales of the Popes

From Eden to El Dorado, an Infamous History

By Larry Buttrose
(New Holland Publishing Australia Pty Ltd, Paperback, 9781741106664, 224pp.)

Publication Date: February 2009

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This book is a popular history for the general reader. It is a book for all those who may have wondered what the Borgias did to acquire such infamy, who the Medici were, who were the antipopes, and who was responsible for the cruelty of the Inquisition. All these questions are linked to the papacy of the Roman Catholic Church. From Eden to Eldorado covers the papacy up to the year 1600, ending with the burning at the stake of the free thinker and philosopher Giordano Bruno, at the order of a pope. It concludes at that year, not only because by then many of the most remarkable papal episodes have taken place, but because after the sixteenth century the Church begins its decline in real power against the rational assertion of the Enlightenment, the wealth of banks and armies of nations, the momentous changes in science and technology, and the make-up of human societies, political structures and cultures.

About the Author
The author of more than a dozen books, Larry Buttrose was born in Adelaide, South Australia, and began writing in his teens. He graduated from the University of Adelaide?where he is currently doing his PhD?became a journalist with the ABC, and later a freelance. A poet, novelist, travel writer and essayist. He is also a playwright and screenwriter. He has published several non-fiction titles with New Holland, including Dead Famous: Deaths of the Famous and Famous Deaths (2007) and Tales of the Popes: from Eden to El Dorado'(2008).
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