“In Peter [of Morrone’s] era people understood the world around them through allegory, symbolism, and parallels that might seem far-fetched to us today. Medieval people were continually seeking lines of connection between the natural and the divine. The outward appearances of things were believed to cloak deeper, spiritual realities” (Sweeney 77). Sweeney, Jon M. The Pope Who Quit: A True Medieval Tale of Mystery, Death, and Salvation . Image Books, Random House, Inc., 2012. I may earn an affiliate commission on the sales of some of the resources to which I have provided links. I only provide links to resources that I have determined to be beneficial to my understanding of the classics and beneficial to my ability to guide others through the classics.