Parsons are more imaginative sinners than politicians, Times columnist Matthew Parris has discovered. Runaway Bishops and naughty vicars are a staple of today's tabloid newspapers, but as he reveals in The Great Unfrocked, they're only part of the tradition of colorful clerics dating back centuries. From Judas Iscariot to St. George, currently patron Saint of England, but formerly bacon seller to the Egyptian army, and Pope Joan, exposed as a woman before a crowd of thousands when she gave birth riding a horse. Matthew ...

The Great Unfrocked 1999, Robson Books, London, England

ISBN-13: 9781861051295