The Pope Who Quit: A True Medieval Tale of Mystery, Death and Salvation
The riveting story of Pope St. Celestine V, the pope who retired from the papacy.
At the close of the tumultuous Middle Ages, there lived a man who seemed destined from birth to save the world. His name was Peter Morrone, a hermit, a founder of a religious order, and, depending on whom you talk to, a reformer, an instigator, a prophet, a coward, a saint, and possibly the victim of murder. A stroke of fate would, practically overnight, transform this humble servant of God into the most powerful man in the Catholic Church. Half a year later, he would be the only pope in history to abdicate the chair of St. Peter, an act that nearly brought the papacy to its knees. What led him to make that decision and what happened afterward would be shrouded in mystery for centuries. The Pope Who Quit pulls back the veil of secrecy on this dramatic time in history and showcases a story that involves deadly dealings, apocalyptic maneuverings, and papal intrigue.
PART I - WHEN THE UNEXPECTED HAPPENED
Chapter 1. A LETTER THAT CHANGED JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING
Chapter 2. THE BIZARRE PAPAL ELECTION OF 1292–94
Chapter 3. A MOST UNLIKELY DECISION
Chapter 4. SPREADING THE NEWS
Chapter 5. THEY CAME TO TAKE HIM AWAY
PART II - PETER OF MORRONE, 1209–93
Chapter 6. NOW I WILL TELL YOU OF MY LIFE
Chapter 7. I BECAME A MAN WHEN I BECAME A MONK
Chapter 8. A HERMIT LOVES HIS CAVE
Chapter 9. THE HUNDRED-METER FAST
Chapter 10. WALKING TO LYON
PART III - TURBULENT TIMES
Chapter 11. OBSESSED WITH SALVATION
Chapter 12. RIDING ON AN ASS
Chapter 13. THE COLORFUL KINGS OF NAPLES AND SICILY
Chapter 14. FIFTEEN DISASTROUS WEEKS
Chapter 15. AWKWARDNESS IN ROBES
PART IV - THE PASSION AND THE PITY, 1294–96
Chapter 16. I, PETER CELESTINE, AM GOING AWAY
Chapter 17. THE NEW ADVENT OF FRIAR PETER
Chapter 18. MURDERED BY A POPE
Chapter 19. THE WORLD IS FALLING APART
Chapter 20. IS SAINT ENOUGH?
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