Prisoner of the Vatican: the popes' secret plot to capture Rome from the new Italian state

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2004.
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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 fifty 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 20, 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 again.
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9780618224425
9781400121427
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display_description Based on a wealth of documents long buried in the Vatican archives, Prisoner of the Vatican tells the story of the Church's secret attempt to block the unification of Italy and seize control - not in ancient times, but in the late nineteenth century. For more than fifty years, the pope was a self-imposed prisoner within the Vatican walls, planning to flee Italy, to return only as the restored ruler of Rome and the Papal States. The scheme to dismantle the newborn Italian nation involved not only the cardinals and the Curia but also attempts to exploit the rivalries among France, Germany, Austria, Spain, and England. Kertzer brings to light an untold drama played out among fascinating characters: Pope Pius IX, the most important pontiff in modern history; King Victor Emmanuel, working behind the backs of his own ministers; the dashing national hero Garibaldi; France's ill-starred Napoleon III, and many more. During this time, Italy was besieged from within and without, and Church history changed forever when the pope was declared infallible for the first time. Prisoner of the Vatican looks deep into the workings of the Church in its final bid to regain the pope's temporal power. Kertzer sweeps readers along with riveting, revelatory panache. No one who reads his new book will ever think of Italy, or the Vatican, in quite the same way again.
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subject_facet Church and state -- Italy, Garibaldi, Giuseppe, -- 1807-1882, Leo -- XIII, -- Pope, -- 1810-1903, Pius -- IX, -- Pope, -- 1792-1878, Popes -- Temporal power, Roman question, Rome (Italy) -- Annexation to Italy, 1870, Rome (Italy) -- History -- 1870-1945
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title Prisoner of the Vatican : the popes' secret plot to capture Rome from the new Italian state
title_display Prisoner of the Vatican : the popes' secret plot to capture Rome from the new Italian state
title_full Prisoner of the Vatican : the popes' secret plot to capture Rome from the new Italian state / David I. Kertzer, Prisoner of the Vatican: the popes' secret plot to capture Rome from the new Italian state [electronic resource] / David I. Kertzer
title_short Prisoner of the Vatican :
title_sort prisoner of the vatican the popes' secret plot to capture rome from the new italian state
title_sub the popes' secret plot to capture Rome from the new Italian state
topic Church and state Italy, Garibaldi, Giuseppe, 1807-1882, Leo XIII, Pope, 1810-1903, Pius IX, Pope, 1792-1878, Popes Temporal power, Roman question, Rome (Italy) Annexation to Italy, 1870, Rome (Italy) History 1870-1945
topic_facet Annexation to Italy, 1870, Church and state, Garibaldi, Giuseppe, History, Leo, Pius, Popes, Roman question, Temporal power