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 ki The Pulitzer-winning author of The Pope and Mussolini, takes on a central, untold story of the Papacy, the revolution...

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Title:The Pope Who Would Be King: The Exile of Pius IX and the Emergence of Modern Europe
Author:David I. Kertzer
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Genres:History
ISBN:0812989910
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:512 pages pages

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

  • Simon
    Apr 08, 2019
    I have a friend who is militantly anti-Catholic who once observed how odd he found it that every single Pope since Pius IX has either been canonized or is in the pipeline for it. The only exceptions are the Benedicts, one of whom isn't dead. Benedict XV's lack of promotion is odd, sinc...
  • Srrose
    Nov 02, 2018
    Worth the read This is the second of Kertzer?s books I have read. Much detail, great detail. If you like history and even more love Church History, read this important book. If the Church survived Pio Nono the Church will survive the current situation. Starting The Pope and Mussol...
  • Edward
    Jan 19, 2019
    The title of this book suggests some of the historical significance of Pope Pius IX who occupied the papacy in the middle of the 19th century. We think of the pope as occupying the tiny space of the Vatican City in Rome and being cautious about involvement in the political affairs of t...
  • C.
    Apr 16, 2019
    forgetting the maxim that one must never have for enemies either women or priests ...
  • Daniel Kukwa
    May 13, 2018
    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 disappoint: it is straightforward, informative, and plays out like a Shakespearean tragedy....
  • John
    Feb 21, 2019
    I listened to the audiobook. A well-written narrative history focusing primarily on the early reign of Pius IX, Pope and temporal ruler of the Papal States beginning in 1846, and his exile during the brief Roman Republic in 1849. It goes thoroughly into the diplomatic history behind th...
  • David
    Sep 28, 2018
    Kertzer offers a compelling social history on the final days of the Papal States, as well as some of the divided Italian states prior to unification. The interplay of personalities and the deep conflict between the traditional authorities and the aspiring liberal political leaders who ...
  • Jamie
    Nov 01, 2017
    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 histories. This had great writing that was easy to read and kept me involved in the story....
  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    Apr 15, 2018
    Netgalley #28 Many 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, so now I feel guilty, which isn't really anything new since I'm Catholic. This...
  • Louise
    Jan 16, 2019
    Through the description of the early years of Pope Pius IX?s administration, the general reader comes to understand the passions, people and events that lead to the unification of Italy. David Kertzer makes the complex issues easy for the lay reader to understand. Pius IX was an u...
  •  wade
    Jul 27, 2018
    This is a great book for a very narrow audience - history geeks and people interested in Catholic Church history. Pope Pius the 9th takes over in the mid 1800's. a time when liberalism and revolution are in the air across Europe. In Italy there is a move to establish a constitutional ...
  • Phillip Signey
    Dec 16, 2018
    Great as far as it goes Book takes a complicated subject and provides an excellent expansion of the situation. My only complaint is that I wish it covered more of the papal situation, ending with the withdrawal of France and the establishment of the Italian Nation. ...
  • Bob H
    Feb 26, 2018
    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 focuses on the first tumultuous years of his papacy, from his election in 1846, through...
  • Caterina Pierre
    Jul 01, 2018
    This is a wonderfully readable account of the short-lived Roman Republic of 1848-1849/50. On the surface, it is difficult to untangle the various intrigues and roles of world powers at the time of the Roman uprising. Kertzer, with his skill for clear and jargon-free writing, makes clea...
  • Shawn
    Jul 09, 2018
    Fascinating history I really had no knowledge of. Very interesting as a backdrop to the declaration of the infallibility of the pope. Very discouraging when I consider how much political self-interest was involved in the assertion of Catholic dogma. Very grateful that the Church no lon...
  • Geoffrey
    Dec 29, 2017
    (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, I wasn't sure what to face after several attempted and eventually aborted forays...
  • William Nist
    Jun 27, 2018
    You might have thought that the Divine Right theory of Kingship had died sometime in the Middle Ages. Actually it died with the pontificate of Pius the 9th in the 19th century. It was the destruction of the theocracy of the Papal States in the Revolutions of 1848 and the following unif...
  • Steve
    Jul 08, 2018
    An excellent book about the first years of Pope Pius IX, the last pope to be both the spiritual leader of the Catholic Church and the temporal leader of the Papal States, or ?pope-king?. With the recent changes in some European governments to more representative forms with constitu...
  • Rama
    Feb 28, 2018
    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. Following the death of Pope Gregory XVI (1831?46), the political climate within Italy...
  • Czarny Pies
    Jul 18, 2018
    "The Pope who would be King" is tremendously entertaining and highly informative for a reader possessing a modest knowledge of the history of Italian Unification. The subject is the Roman Republic which was proclaimed on February 9, 1849 and suppressed by the French Army on July 2, 184...
  • Jane Hanser
    Jul 15, 2018
    You may not realize that you need to read this book - - but you do. Any of us living in the 21st Century have no idea what turmoil got us here. I never thought twice about Vatican City and what its history was but the world we live in now and the papacy we now know is nothing like ...
  • Sandra Rosner
    Mar 05, 2019
    This book was very interesting and informative. Once I got the names straight it was hard to put down. I also enjoyed reading The Pope and Mussolini although the proximity to our time made it not so entertaining. ...
  • Michael
    Feb 02, 2019
    David Kertzer is the leading contemporary scholar of the papacy and this book is a masterful study of only a part of the reign of the great reactionary Pius IX. Kertzer's interest is in the early years of this pope's long reign when he disappointed the revolutionaries of 1848 in Rome a...
  • Ann Green
    Dec 09, 2017
    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 role of Pope Pius IX, this is a must read. Thanks for the win of this fascinating book th...
  • Donna Hines
    Aug 06, 2018
    Kertzer brings us back to tumultuous times as the Roman Republic which was proclaimed and then suppressed in 1849. The papacy was turned on its head resulting in a loss of freedoms including two of the most important speech and press. The Roman Republic usually is told from the winner...
  • Janis
    Jun 16, 2018
    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 Pius IX lost control of Rome and the Papal States in the mid-1800s. At times I felt th...
  • Joe McMahon
    May 03, 2018
    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 Naples. "The Pope Who Would Be King," admirably includes what happened before and after ...
  • Darius Rips
    Jul 26, 2018
    The Pope Who Would Be King is a history that reads like a novel. Author David Kertzer is interested in the personalities involved in his story, and how their characters shaped events. He has a broad range of contemporary accounts to work from that allow him to recreate actual conversat...
  • Santiago Gonzales
    May 22, 2018
    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 is driven into exile and a Roman republic is established. The pope summons the Catholic...
  • Tim Parks
    Feb 13, 2019
    This is a very fine piece of tradional narrative history writing. Clearly a huge amount of research has gone into it, but Kertzer does the job of sifting it for us and putting it in narrative form. If there is any problem it's that you sometimes feel he add touches he couldn't have kno...