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
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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.
Interesting time period. A political novice pope is elected who craves the adulation of the people. The people want greater and greater reforms that the pope is unwilling to extend after a point. He is driven into exile and a Roman republic is established. The pope summons the Catholic nations for aid. The French come to "free" Rome but have to try to make it look like it is for the Republic's cause since they themselves are a republic. The pope will have nothing of it since he is stunned by the ...more
Well written and researched account of the reign of Pope Pius IX. I am not Catholic, but love biographies, but was not expecting much from this. I became immersed in it due to the detail provided by the writer. It was not written just for those that are Catholic.
This is likely one of the best history texts that I have ever read. The author paints such a clear picture of the events and people involved that it read like a novel. Though I knew the outcome of the events I still had hope and anticipation for the conclusion. Very well done. I highly recommend.