|David I. Kertzer.|
|Pages/Publication Date:||512 / 2018|
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