E138

Mann, Horace Kinder. The Lives of the Popes in the Early Middle Ages. London, K. Paul, Trench, Trubner and Co., 1902-32. 18 v. in 19. il. LC 4-16966.

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Covers the lives and times of the popes from Gregory the Great (590) to Benedict XI (1304). Each biography is prefaced by a short critical introduction on the sources used and a list of the contemporary civil rulers of the world. The biographies are documented with bibliographical and explanatory notes, and the appendixes contain the texts of many important documents. Each volume is indexed, and later volumes contain some illustrations. This work, one of the two great histories of the popes (see Pastor E139), was written by "the leading English R. C. authority in this field" (George M. Dutcher, Guide to Historical Literature [New York, Macmillan, 1936] , p. 269). Catholic World described it as well-written, scholarly, and honest in its criticism (CXXVI [March, 1933] , pp. 760-62).

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