David I. Kertzer - The Pope Who Would Be King: The Exile of Pius IX and the Emergence of Modern Europe

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Kertzer, one of today’s foremost experts on the history of the Vatican and modern Italy, uses the papacy of Pius IX as a lens to view the revolutionary politics of mid-nineteenth-century Europe. The longestreigning Pope, Pius IX (1792-1878) was elected in 1846. His initial support came from cardinals sympathetic to Europe’s liberalizing tendencies, and the new pope also seemed amenable. But violence made him skeptical, and in 1864 he issued a “Syllabus of Errors” that condemned liberalism, modernism, and secularization. Later he convened the First Vatican Council, which decreed papal infallibility. Meanwhile, Europe was moving in a different direction, and Kertzer deftly interweaves the Vatican’s entrenchment with the more radical acts of figures including Garibaldi, Metternich, Tocqueville, Louis Napoleon Bonaparte and his cousin Charles Bonaparte.

 

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ISBN: 9780812989915
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Published: Random House - April 24th, 2018

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