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The Pope Who Would Be King: The Exile of Pius IX and the Emergence of Modern Europe

David I. Kertzer.
Item #: D11965
Format: Hardcover
Pages/Publication Date: 512 / 2018
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9780812989915
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Only two years after Pope Pius IX's election in 1846 had triggered great popular enthusiasm across Italy, the pope found himself a virtual prisoner in his own palace. The revolutions that swept through Europe and shook Rome threatened to end the popes' thousand-year reign over the Papal States, if not the papacy itself. The resulting drama—with a colorful cast of characters, from Louis Napoleon and his rabble-rousing cousin Charles Bonaparte to Garibaldi, Tocqueville, and Metternich—was rife with treachery, tragedy, and international power politics. Much as he did in the Pulitzer Prize winner The Pope and Mussolini, David Kertzer brings a pivotal moment in European history vividly to life.

"Engaging, intelligent, and revealing.... Essential reading for those seeking to understand the perennial human forces that shape both power and faith." —Jon Meacham


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