Prisoner of the Vatican : the popes' secret plot to capture Rome from the new Italian state (Book, 2004) [WorldCat.org]
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Prisoner of the Vatican : the popes' secret plot to capture Rome from the new Italian state

Author: David I Kertzer
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
We think of Italy as an ancient nation, but in fact the unified Italian state was born only in the nineteenth century -- and only against the adamant refusal of the pope to relinquish his rule of Rome. In this riveting chronicle of international intrigue, the renowned historian David Kertzer delves into secret Vatican archives to reveal a venomous conflict that kept the pope a self-imposed prisoner of the Vatican
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Pius, Pope; Leo, Pope; Giuseppe Garibaldi; Giuseppe Garibaldi; Leo, Pope; Pius, Pope
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David I Kertzer
ISBN: 0618224424 9780618224425 9780618619191 0618619194
OCLC Number: 56367520
Description: x, 357 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Italy's Birth and Near Demise --
Destroying the Papal States --
The Pope Becomes Infallible --
The Last Days of Papal Rome --
Conquering the Holy City --
The Leonine City --
The Reluctant King --
Pius IX in Exile Again? --
The Papal Martyr --
Anticlericalism in Rome --
Two Deaths --
Picking a New Pope --
Keeping the Bishops in Line --
The Pope's Body --
Rumors of a French Conspiracy --
Preparing for Exile --
Hopes Dashed --
The Bishops' Lament --
Fears of a European War --
Giordano Bruno's Revenge --
The Pope's Secret Plan --
Epilogue: Italy and the Pope.
Responsibility: David I. Kertzer.
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Abstract:

We think of Italy as an ancient nation, but in fact the unified Italian state was born only in the nineteenth century -- and only against the adamant refusal of the pope to relinquish his rule of Rome. In this riveting chronicle of international intrigue, the renowned historian David Kertzer delves into secret Vatican archives to reveal a venomous conflict that kept the pope a self-imposed prisoner of the Vatican for more than 50 years. King Victor Emmanuel, his nemesis Garibaldi, the French Emperor Napoleon III, England, Spain, Germany, Austria, and even America play a part in this astonishing drama. On September 20th, 1870, the king's battle to unite the disparate Italian states came to a head when his troops broke through the walls of Rome, which the Pope had ruled for centuries. Pope Pius IX, ensconced with the Vatican Council, denounced the usurpers and plotted with his advisers to regain power or else flee Italy altogether. A dramatic struggle unfolded over the next two decades, pitting church against state and the nations of Europe against one another. This is a story of outrageous accusations, mutual denunciations, raucous demonstrations, frenetic diplomacy, and secret dealings. Rocks were hurled along with epithets, and war across Europe seemed inevitable. The antagonists were as explosive as the events. Pius IX, the most important pontiff in modern history, engineered the doctrine of papal infallibility but ended his days reviled and denounced. The blustering Victor Emmanuel schemed behind the backs of his own ministers. Garibaldi, Italy's dashing national hero, committed naive and dangerous mistakes. Beyond Italy, the pope's main protector, Napoleon III, was himself being taken prisoner. This devastating conflict, almost entirely unknown until now, still leaves a deep mark on the Italian soul. No one who reads David Kertzer's revelatory account will ever think of Italy or the Vatican in quite the same way. - Jacket flap.

Draws on previously unknown documents from the Vatican archives to detail a plot on the part of Pope Pius IX and his successor, Leo XIII, to block the unification of Italy and to seize control of Rome and the Papal States.

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