The Pulitzer-winning author of The Pope and Mussolini, takes on a central, untold story of the Papacy, the revolution that stripped the Pope of political power and signaled the birth of modern Europe.The longest-reigning pope, Pope Pius IX, also oversaw one of the greatest periods of tumult and transition in Church history. When Pius IX was elected, the pope was still a king as well as a spiritual leader, welcomed by the citizens of the Papal States who hoped he might bring in modern reforms, such as a constitutional government, after the repressive rule of Pope Gregory XVI. In the first year of his rule, Pius IX tried to please his subjects with incremental changes while holding onto absolute authority he believed was divinely ordained. But, as the revolutionary spirit of 1848 swept through Europe, the Pope found he could not have it both ways. By the end of his rule, the Papacy--and Europe--had completely transformed. In The Pope Who Would Be King, David Kertzer tells the story of the revolution that spelled the end of the papacy as an earthly rule and the birth of modern Europe....
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The Pope Who Would Be King: The Exile of Pius IX and the Emergence of Modern Europe Reviews
Fascinating book that is historically accurate and well written by Professor David Kertzer, Professor of Social Science at Brown University. For a fresh perspective on this time in history and the role of Pope Pius IX, this is a must read. Thanks for the win of this fascinating book the introduction to this author. I will definitely look for other books authored by Professor Kertzer!
Many thanks to David Kertzer, Random House, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.
I knew nothing about this period in history, and I'm Catholic, so now I feel guilty, which isn't really anything new since I'm Catholic. This took place in Italy around the same time as the first World's Fair, Indian territory is evacuated, the Republican Party is founded, and the Dred Scott case is decided.
It was major upheaval in the country, which was reall ...more
Big thanks to Goodreads for me winning this advanced copy!
I love finding a history book about subject I didn't even know I needed to know about. Now I'm all gung ho to read up some more papal histories. This had great writing that was easy to read and kept me involved in the story. The 90-odd pages of notes and references tells me that maybe a little bit of research was used in the making. Maybe.