The Pope Who Would Be King: The Exile of Pius IX and the Emergence of Modern Europe

The Pope Who Would Be King: The Exile of Pius IX and the Emergence of Modern Europe

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.

Title:The Pope Who Would Be King: The Exile of Pius IX and the Emergence 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

  • BAM The Bibliomaniac

    Netgalley #28Many 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, ...

  • Bob H

    This is a well-researched, well-written and unexpectedly gripping account of the reign of Pius IX, the last pope to govern central Italy as a secular -- and absolute -- monarch. The narrative mostly f...

  • Rama

    The tumultuous life of Pope Pius IX Here is an opportunity to study the life of Pope Pius IX and take a journey through the history of Roman Catholic Church that paved the way for modern Europe. Follo...

  • Geoffrey

    (Note: I received an advanced electronic copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley)To say I went in knowing close to nothing about the subject matter would definitely be an understatement. Not only that...

  • Jamie

    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 historie...

  • Ann Green

    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 rol...

  • Joe McMahon

    This book demonstrates the value of closely-focused history. The author has chosen to explore what happened in 1848 and 1849 when Pope Pius IX fled Rome and sought safety at Gaeta in the Kingdom of Na...

  • Santiago Gonzales

    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 i...

  • Janis

    After visiting Rome, I was curious about the history behind the unification of modern-day Italy. The Pope Who Would Be King: The Exile of Pius IX and the Emergence of Modern Europe explained how Pope ...

  • Daniel Kukwa

    It surprises me that it has taken this long for a book to emerge about the demise of the Papal States, in the context of Italian unification & the post-1848 revolutions in Europe. It doesn't disappoin...