|Author:||Walsh, Michael J.|
|Publisher:||Eerdmans Pub Co|
|Publish Date:||Mar 2011|
|Number of Pages:||250|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.82|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.36 x 0.69 x 8.98|
Walsh (former librarian, Heythrop Coll., London; The Popes: 50 Celebrated Occupants of the Throne of St. Peter), author of many books on the Catholic Church, now supplies readers with two- to three-page biographies of over 60 men who have held the office of cardinal. His introduction provides a brief but thorough and well-sourced history of the office and its origins. But the biographies are the centerpiece, including men from the 11th through the 20th century.
However, rather than in chronological order, the biographies are arranged thematically, grouping together cardinals who have had similar experiences or shared particular characteristics, with Walsh briefly explaining the reasoning behind these groupings, such as cardinals who were also soldiers, cardinals who almost became popes, and cardinals who were scholars.
Verdict: Walsh's work provides an excellent overview of the office of cardinal and an informative account of the men who have thus served the pope. Recommended especially for students of the ecclesiastical history of the Church.
-Jennifer Harris, Mercyhurst Coll. Lib., Erie, PA
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