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Author Kertzer, David I., 1948- author

Title The pope who would be king : the exile of Pius IX and the emergence of modern Europe / David I. Kertzer
Edition First edition
Published New York : Random House, [2018]


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 W'PONDS  282.092 Ker/Pww  AVAILABLE
Description xxx, 474 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents Part one: The beloved. The conclave ; The fox and the crow ; An impossible dilemma ; Papal magic ; The tide turns ; Fending off disaster ; The assassination ; The escape -- Part two: The reviled. The reactionary turn ; Revolution ; Pressuring the Pope ; The friendly army ; The French attack ; Negotiating in bad faith ; Battling for Rome ; The conquest ; The occupation -- Part thee: The feared. Applying the brakes ; Louis Napoleon and the Pope ; The unpopular Pope ; "Those wicked enemies of God" ; Returning to Rome -- Epilogue
Summary Documents the story of the violent revolution that signaled the end of the political power of the popes and resulted in the emergence of modern Europe
"Days after his prime minister was assassinated in the middle of Rome in November 1848, Pope Pius IX found himself a virtual prisoner in his own palace. The wave of revolution that had swept through Europe now seemed poised to end the popes' thousand-year reign over the Papal States, if not the papacy itself. Disguising himself as a simple parish priest, Pius escaped through a back door. Climbing inside the Bavarian ambassador's carriage, he embarked on a journey into a fateful exile. Only two years earlier Pius's election had triggered a wave of optimism across Italy. After the repressive reign of the dour Pope Gregory XVI, Italians saw the youthful, benevolent new pope as the man who would at last bring the Papal States into modern times and help create a new, unified Italian nation. But Pius was caught between a desire to please his subjects and a fear--stoked by the conservative cardinals--that heeding the people's pleas would destroy the church. 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. David Kertzer is one of the world's foremost experts on the history of Italy and the Vatican and has a rare ability to bring that history vividly to life. With a combination of gripping, cinematic storytelling and keen historical analysis, rooted in an unprecedented richness of archival sources, The Pope Who Would Be King sheds fascinating new light on the end of rule by divine right in the West and the emergence of modern Europe."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 355-443) and index
Subject Pius IX, Pope, 1792-1878.
Popes -- Temporal power.
Papacy -- History -- 1799-1870.
Europe -- Church history -- 19th century.
Europe -- Politics and government -- 1848-1871.
Papal States -- History -- 1815-1870.
Italy -- Politics and government -- 1815-1870.
Rome -- Politics and government -- 19th century.
Genre/Form History.
Church history.
Illustrated books.
LC no. 2017038825
ISBN 9780812989915 (hardcover)
0812989910 (hardcover)