MAP#36 – Popes Behaving Badly

St Peter struck by lightningThe Pope, the Bishop of Rome, successor of Saint Peter and leader of the Catholic Church. Pious men aspire to the chair and humbly accept the position. At least that’s what we’d like to believe. But not all popes were righteous men, some weren’t even Christian! In this episode of the Medieval Archives Podcast we are going to look at some of the worst Popes of the Middle Ages.

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In this episode we discuss:

  • A Pope who put his dead predecessor on trial
  • The Pope who ran a male brothel
  • The Pope who gave us the Pornocracy
  • A ruler who deposed three Popes and installed his own
  • A Pope so despicable they gave him a TV show
  • And more…

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Comments 2

  1. PeteLaberge says:

    Well done!   You are correct!   The HT’s are superb.  Another great Youtuber teacher is :  
    Fellow by the name of Keith Hughes.  His topics are mainly US History & civics, though.

  2. Archivist says:

    PeteLaberge Thanks! I will check out Keith’s site. I’m glad you enjoyed the podcast as well.