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By John Julius Norwich

With the papacy embattled lately, it truly is necessary to have the point of view of 1 of the world’s such a lot entire historians. In Absolute Monarchs, John Julius Norwich captures approximately thousand years of thought and devotion, intrigue and scandal. the boys (and perhaps one lady) who've held this place of infallible strength over thousands have ranged from heroes to rogues, admirably clever to absolutely decadent. Norwich, who knew popes and had deepest audiences with others, recounts in riveting aspect the histories of the main major popes and what they intended politically, culturally, and socially to Rome and to the world.

Norwich offers such courageous popes as blameless I, who within the 5th century effectively negotiated with Alaric the Goth, an invader civil experts couldn't defeat, and Leo I, who twenty years later tamed (and maybe paid off) Attila the Hun. right here, too, are the scandalous figures: Pope Joan, the mythic girl acknowledged (without any substantiation) to were elected in 855, and the notorious “pornocracy,” the 5 libertines who have been descendants or fans of Marozia, debauched daughter of 1 of Rome’s strongest families.

Absolute Monarchs brilliantly portrays reformers akin to Pope Paul III, “the maximum pontiff of the 16th century,” who reinterpreted the Church’s instructing and self-discipline, and John XXIII, who in 5 brief years beginning in 1958 “opened up the church to the 20 th century,” instituting reforms that ended in Vatican II. Norwich brings the tale to the current day with Benedict XVI, who's dealing with an international priest intercourse scandal.

Epic and compelling, Absolute Monarchs is the fantastic tale of a few of history’s so much respected and reviled figures, males who nonetheless solid mild and shadows at the Vatican and the realm this present day.

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Memberships: Fel Optical Soc Am; Soc Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engrs; Am Inst Aeronaut & Astronaut; Am Soc Photogram. Research Statement & Publications: Validity of Selwyn’s equation for image resolution; advantages of using polarization in remotesensing; simulation of the shuttle’s dynamics. Mailing Address: 1638 Seagate, Houston, TX 77062. CAMPBELL, CHARLES EDWIN, MANY-BODY THEORY, QUANTUM FLUIDS. Personal Data: b Columbus, Ohio, December 11, 1942; m 1965, c 2. Education: Ohio State Univ, BS, 1964; Washington Univ, St Louis, PhD(physics), 1969.

Personal Data: b Philadelphia, Pa, December 28, 1950; c Heather, Chelsey & Nicholas. Education: Univ Pa, BS, 1972; Princeton Univ, MA, 1974, PhD(appl physics, aerospace & mech sci), 1977. Honors & Awards: Excellence in Weapons Res Award for X-Ray laser, US Dept Energy, 1985; Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Res, Am Phys Soc, 1990; Edward Teller Medal, 1994; E O Lawrence Award, 1994. Professional Experience: ASSOC DIR, LASER PROGS, LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NAT LAB, 1994-; actg assoc dir, Lawrence Livermore Nat Lab, 1993-1994; dep assoc dir & prog leader, Lawrence Livermore Nat Lab, 1991-1993; dep inertial confinement fusion prog leader, Lawrence Livermore Nat Lab, 1989-1991; prog leader, Lawrence Livermore Nat Lab, 1986-1989; assoc prog leader, Lawrence Livermore Nat Lab, 1984-1986; group leader, Lawrence Livermore Nat Lab, 1981-1984; staff physicist, Lawrence Livermore Nat Lab, 1977-1981; Wiezman Res fel award, 1977; Guggenheim fel, 1972-1973; mem, Nat Acad Comt Optical Sci & Eng.

Edu CAMPBELL, JOHN C(ARL), OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY, AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING. Personal Data: b Wilsey, Kans, April 20, 1920; m 1941, Roberta; c Frederick J, Terry D, Chris J & Victor C. Education: Kans State Univ, BS (agr engr), 1947; Ore State Univ, MS (agr engr), 1949. Professional Experience: RETIRED; assoc prof indust & gen eng & dir safety, Ore State Univ, 1978-1985; assoc prof indust eng, Ore State Univ, 19731977; head dept, Ore State Univ, 1966-1972; assoc prof gen eng, Ore State Univ, 19561965; Exten agr engr, Ore State Univ, 1948-1954 & Univ Ill, 1954-1955.

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