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

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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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display_description A Pulitzer Prize winner's fascinating account of the political battles that led to the end of the Papal States. David Kertzer's absorbing history presents an astonishing account of the birth of modern Italy and the clandestine politics behind the Vatican's last stand in the battle between church and the newly created Italian state. Drawing on a wealth of secret documents long buried in the Vatican archives, Kertzer reveals a fascinating story of outrageous accusations, mutual denunciations, raucous demonstrations, and secret dealings. When Italy's armies seized the Holy City and claimed it for the Italian capital, Pope Pius IX, outraged, retreated to the Vatican and declared himself a prisoner, calling on foreign powers to force the Italians out of Rome. The action set in motion decades of political intrigues that hinged on such fascinating characters as Garibaldi, King Viktor Emmanuel, Napoleon III, and Chancellor Bismarck. No one who reads this eye-opening 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, Electronic books, 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
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_sub the popes' secret plot to capture Rome from the new Italian state
topic_facet Annexation to Italy, 1870, Church and state, Electronic books, Garibaldi, Giuseppe, History, Leo, Pius, Popes, Roman question, Temporal power