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Published: 24 May 2018

512 Pages | 36 black & white illustrations; 2 maps


ISBN: 9780198827498

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The Pope Who Would Be King

The Exile of Pius IX and the Emergence of Modern Europe

David I. Kertzer

  • The pivotal, untold story of the bloody revolution that stripped Pius IX of political power, spelled the end of the papacy and earthly rule, and signalled the birth of modern Europe
  • As the longest-reigning pope, Pope Pius IX oversaw one of the greatest periods of tumult and transition in Church history
  • Vividly brings to life the key figures, from the vocal Roman popolani, to the power-hungry cardinals and courtiers who angled incessantly for power
  • The latest book from David I. Kertzer — one of the world's foremost experts on the history of Italy and the Vatican, and winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Biography