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FABLES

RESPECTING

THE POPES IN THE MIDDLE AGES,

Translated By Alfred Plummer,

Follow and Tutor of Trinity College, Oxford;

Together with Dr. Bollinger's Essay on

THE PROPHETIC SPIRIT

PROPHECIES OF THE CHRISTIAN ERA,

Translated Fob Thb American Edition With An Introduction
And Notes

BY HENRY B. SMITH, D. D.,

Professor in Union Theological Seminary, N. Y.

DODD & MEAD,

No. 762, Broadway, New York.

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Entered according to Act of Consress, in the year 1872, by

DODD & HEAD,

In the office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

INTRODUCTION.

Dr. von Dollinger's Fables about the Popes in the Middle Ages1 was published more than ten years ago ; the fruit, as the author says, of preparatory studies upon a larger work, the general History of the / Papacy. The growing importance of all subjects bearing upon the development of the papal system, and the high reputation of Dr. Dollinger as a theologian and as the leader of the so-called Old Catholic party in Germany, led to its translation last year in England by Mr. Alfred Plummer, a Fellow and Tutor of Trinity College, Oxford, and a pupil and personal friend of the author. In the present edition that translation is retained, here and there, revised from a comparison with the original. Mr. Plummer added the Appendices B to F, and also wrote a long and interesting Introduction to the English edition, giving a general review of the main topics of the work. This

1 Die Fapst-Fabeln des Mittelalters. Ein Bcitrag zur Kirehengeschichto von Joh. Joa. Ign. v. Dollinger. Zweite unveranderte A ullage. MQiichen, 1863. Literarisch-artistischo Anstalt der J. G, Cotta' schen Buchhandlung.

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