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The Pope Who Would Be King by David I. Kertzer

The Pope Who Would Be King

The Pope Who Would Be King by David I. Kertzer
Apr 24, 2018 | 512 Pages
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Advance praise for The Pope Who Would Be King
“Following the publication of David Kertzer’s dual biography of Pope Pius XI and Mussolini, this volume furnishes us with what might be regarded as that story’s dramatic prelude. It also shares many of the qualities of Kertzer’s Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece: an exceptionally deep archival and scholarly foundation, plus a rare capacity to tell the story of a critical chapter in European history with novelistic verve, including the power to shed new light on the characters and actions of familiar figures. As always, Kertzer brilliantly links the history of Italian characters to epochal changes in greater European history, including the varying fortunes of the papacy and its rule over the Papal States, the time-honored tradition of divine right, and the separation of the sacred and secular spheres of government and authority. The red thread of the book—the transformation of a genial and much-loved pope, inclined to liberalize and modernize, into an unloved symbol of reaction—brilliantly binds the whole together, with new stories and perceptions that make this book required and riveting reading.”—Kevin Madigan, author of Medieval Christianity
The Pope Who Would Be King is a remarkable achievement—both a page-turner and a major contribution to scholarship accomplished with outstanding clarity and economy. Kertzer gives this story a remarkable degree of freshness, and brings out vividly the determination, passions, blood, and gore of this dramatic moment in European history.”—John Davis, editor, Journal of Modern Italian Studies
“This lively, sympathetic yet critical account of the early years of the pontificate of Pope Pius IX is worthy of its distinguished author. There is nothing like it in any language.”—Rev. John W. O’Malley, S.J., author of The Jesuits

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