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

  • Ray
    Jun 09, 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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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....

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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....

    In the 100 pages of the book that I could force myself to read Pius IX is portrayed as an unimaginative and unskilled leader with no fixed ideas and no ability to move forward with the few ideas he did have. It would be hard for even a great writer of history to make Pius a compelli...

    I must confess that I don't know much about modern Italian history. I had no real understanding about how men like Garibaldi, Mazzini, and Cavour helped create a unified Italy. After reading this book, I've come to the conclusion that Italian unification was due as much to the incompet...

    Well written and researched account of the reign of Pope Pius IX. I am not Catholic, but love biographies, but was not expecting much from this. I became immersed in it due to the detail provided by the writer. It was not written just for those that are Catholic. ...

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    A thoroughly engrossing story of vanity, power, and indecision with a remarkable 'supporting' cast including Margaret Fuller, Garabaldi, and De Tocqueville. Pio Nono fled Rome for over a year and a half and still managed to call the first Vatican council. ...

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    ...

    ...

    This is likely one of the best history texts that I have ever read. The author paints such a clear picture of the events and people involved that it read like a novel. Though I knew the outcome of the events I still had hope and anticipation for the conclusion. Very well done. I highly...

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  • Greg
    May 02, 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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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....

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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....

    In the 100 pages of the book that I could force myself to read Pius IX is portrayed as an unimaginative and unskilled leader with no fixed ideas and no ability to move forward with the few ideas he did have. It would be hard for even a great writer of history to make Pius a compelli...

    I must confess that I don't know much about modern Italian history. I had no real understanding about how men like Garibaldi, Mazzini, and Cavour helped create a unified Italy. After reading this book, I've come to the conclusion that Italian unification was due as much to the incompet...

    Well written and researched account of the reign of Pope Pius IX. I am not Catholic, but love biographies, but was not expecting much from this. I became immersed in it due to the detail provided by the writer. It was not written just for those that are Catholic. ...

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    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    A thoroughly engrossing story of vanity, power, and indecision with a remarkable 'supporting' cast including Margaret Fuller, Garabaldi, and De Tocqueville. Pio Nono fled Rome for over a year and a half and still managed to call the first Vatican council. ...

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  • Timothy McCluskey
    May 30, 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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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....

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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....

    In the 100 pages of the book that I could force myself to read Pius IX is portrayed as an unimaginative and unskilled leader with no fixed ideas and no ability to move forward with the few ideas he did have. It would be hard for even a great writer of history to make Pius a compelli...

    I must confess that I don't know much about modern Italian history. I had no real understanding about how men like Garibaldi, Mazzini, and Cavour helped create a unified Italy. After reading this book, I've come to the conclusion that Italian unification was due as much to the incompet...

    Well written and researched account of the reign of Pope Pius IX. I am not Catholic, but love biographies, but was not expecting much from this. I became immersed in it due to the detail provided by the writer. It was not written just for those that are Catholic. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    A thoroughly engrossing story of vanity, power, and indecision with a remarkable 'supporting' cast including Margaret Fuller, Garabaldi, and De Tocqueville. Pio Nono fled Rome for over a year and a half and still managed to call the first Vatican council. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    This is likely one of the best history texts that I have ever read. The author paints such a clear picture of the events and people involved that it read like a novel. Though I knew the outcome of the events I still had hope and anticipation for the conclusion. Very well done. I highly...

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  • Daniel Kukwa
    May 13, 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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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....

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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....

  • Mauberley
    May 22, 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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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....

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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....

    In the 100 pages of the book that I could force myself to read Pius IX is portrayed as an unimaginative and unskilled leader with no fixed ideas and no ability to move forward with the few ideas he did have. It would be hard for even a great writer of history to make Pius a compelli...

    I must confess that I don't know much about modern Italian history. I had no real understanding about how men like Garibaldi, Mazzini, and Cavour helped create a unified Italy. After reading this book, I've come to the conclusion that Italian unification was due as much to the incompet...

    Well written and researched account of the reign of Pope Pius IX. I am not Catholic, but love biographies, but was not expecting much from this. I became immersed in it due to the detail provided by the writer. It was not written just for those that are Catholic. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    A thoroughly engrossing story of vanity, power, and indecision with a remarkable 'supporting' cast including Margaret Fuller, Garabaldi, and De Tocqueville. Pio Nono fled Rome for over a year and a half and still managed to call the first Vatican council. ...

  • PWRL
    May 02, 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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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....

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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....

    In the 100 pages of the book that I could force myself to read Pius IX is portrayed as an unimaginative and unskilled leader with no fixed ideas and no ability to move forward with the few ideas he did have. It would be hard for even a great writer of history to make Pius a compelli...

    I must confess that I don't know much about modern Italian history. I had no real understanding about how men like Garibaldi, Mazzini, and Cavour helped create a unified Italy. After reading this book, I've come to the conclusion that Italian unification was due as much to the incompet...

    Well written and researched account of the reign of Pope Pius IX. I am not Catholic, but love biographies, but was not expecting much from this. I became immersed in it due to the detail provided by the writer. It was not written just for those that are Catholic. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    A thoroughly engrossing story of vanity, power, and indecision with a remarkable 'supporting' cast including Margaret Fuller, Garabaldi, and De Tocqueville. Pio Nono fled Rome for over a year and a half and still managed to call the first Vatican council. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    This is likely one of the best history texts that I have ever read. The author paints such a clear picture of the events and people involved that it read like a novel. Though I knew the outcome of the events I still had hope and anticipation for the conclusion. Very well done. I highly...

    ...

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    ...

    A ...

  • Jamie
    Nov 01, 2017

    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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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...

  • Pam
    Jun 08, 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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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....

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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....

    In the 100 pages of the book that I could force myself to read Pius IX is portrayed as an unimaginative and unskilled leader with no fixed ideas and no ability to move forward with the few ideas he did have. It would be hard for even a great writer of history to make Pius a compelli...

    I must confess that I don't know much about modern Italian history. I had no real understanding about how men like Garibaldi, Mazzini, and Cavour helped create a unified Italy. After reading this book, I've come to the conclusion that Italian unification was due as much to the incompet...

    Well written and researched account of the reign of Pope Pius IX. I am not Catholic, but love biographies, but was not expecting much from this. I became immersed in it due to the detail provided by the writer. It was not written just for those that are Catholic. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    A thoroughly engrossing story of vanity, power, and indecision with a remarkable 'supporting' cast including Margaret Fuller, Garabaldi, and De Tocqueville. Pio Nono fled Rome for over a year and a half and still managed to call the first Vatican council. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    This is likely one of the best history texts that I have ever read. The author paints such a clear picture of the events and people involved that it read like a novel. Though I knew the outcome of the events I still had hope and anticipation for the conclusion. Very well done. I highly...

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  • Harmiclir
    May 26, 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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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....

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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....

    In the 100 pages of the book that I could force myself to read Pius IX is portrayed as an unimaginative and unskilled leader with no fixed ideas and no ability to move forward with the few ideas he did have. It would be hard for even a great writer of history to make Pius a compelli...

  • Jay
    May 05, 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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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....

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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....

    In the 100 pages of the book that I could force myself to read Pius IX is portrayed as an unimaginative and unskilled leader with no fixed ideas and no ability to move forward with the few ideas he did have. It would be hard for even a great writer of history to make Pius a compelli...

    I must confess that I don't know much about modern Italian history. I had no real understanding about how men like Garibaldi, Mazzini, and Cavour helped create a unified Italy. After reading this book, I've come to the conclusion that Italian unification was due as much to the incompet...

  • Bob H
    Feb 26, 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...

    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...

  • Dan Davis
    Apr 05, 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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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....

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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....

    In the 100 pages of the book that I could force myself to read Pius IX is portrayed as an unimaginative and unskilled leader with no fixed ideas and no ability to move forward with the few ideas he did have. It would be hard for even a great writer of history to make Pius a compelli...

    I must confess that I don't know much about modern Italian history. I had no real understanding about how men like Garibaldi, Mazzini, and Cavour helped create a unified Italy. After reading this book, I've come to the conclusion that Italian unification was due as much to the incompet...

    Well written and researched account of the reign of Pope Pius IX. I am not Catholic, but love biographies, but was not expecting much from this. I became immersed in it due to the detail provided by the writer. It was not written just for those that are Catholic. ...

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    ...

    A thoroughly engrossing story of vanity, power, and indecision with a remarkable 'supporting' cast including Margaret Fuller, Garabaldi, and De Tocqueville. Pio Nono fled Rome for over a year and a half and still managed to call the first Vatican council. ...

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    ...

    ...

    This is likely one of the best history texts that I have ever read. The author paints such a clear picture of the events and people involved that it read like a novel. Though I knew the outcome of the events I still had hope and anticipation for the conclusion. Very well done. I highly...

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  • Geoffrey
    Dec 29, 2017

    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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

  • Cristie Underwood
    Apr 16, 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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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....

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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....

    In the 100 pages of the book that I could force myself to read Pius IX is portrayed as an unimaginative and unskilled leader with no fixed ideas and no ability to move forward with the few ideas he did have. It would be hard for even a great writer of history to make Pius a compelli...

    I must confess that I don't know much about modern Italian history. I had no real understanding about how men like Garibaldi, Mazzini, and Cavour helped create a unified Italy. After reading this book, I've come to the conclusion that Italian unification was due as much to the incompet...

    Well written and researched account of the reign of Pope Pius IX. I am not Catholic, but love biographies, but was not expecting much from this. I became immersed in it due to the detail provided by the writer. It was not written just for those that are Catholic. ...

  • Scott
    May 11, 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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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....

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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....

    In the 100 pages of the book that I could force myself to read Pius IX is portrayed as an unimaginative and unskilled leader with no fixed ideas and no ability to move forward with the few ideas he did have. It would be hard for even a great writer of history to make Pius a compelli...

    I must confess that I don't know much about modern Italian history. I had no real understanding about how men like Garibaldi, Mazzini, and Cavour helped create a unified Italy. After reading this book, I've come to the conclusion that Italian unification was due as much to the incompet...

    Well written and researched account of the reign of Pope Pius IX. I am not Catholic, but love biographies, but was not expecting much from this. I became immersed in it due to the detail provided by the writer. It was not written just for those that are Catholic. ...

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  • Ian
    Apr 26, 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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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....

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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....

    In the 100 pages of the book that I could force myself to read Pius IX is portrayed as an unimaginative and unskilled leader with no fixed ideas and no ability to move forward with the few ideas he did have. It would be hard for even a great writer of history to make Pius a compelli...

    I must confess that I don't know much about modern Italian history. I had no real understanding about how men like Garibaldi, Mazzini, and Cavour helped create a unified Italy. After reading this book, I've come to the conclusion that Italian unification was due as much to the incompet...

    Well written and researched account of the reign of Pope Pius IX. I am not Catholic, but love biographies, but was not expecting much from this. I became immersed in it due to the detail provided by the writer. It was not written just for those that are Catholic. ...

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    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    A thoroughly engrossing story of vanity, power, and indecision with a remarkable 'supporting' cast including Margaret Fuller, Garabaldi, and De Tocqueville. Pio Nono fled Rome for over a year and a half and still managed to call the first Vatican council. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    This is likely one of the best history texts that I have ever read. The author paints such a clear picture of the events and people involved that it read like a novel. Though I knew the outcome of the events I still had hope and anticipation for the conclusion. Very well done. I highly...

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  • Rama
    Feb 28, 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...

    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...

    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...

  • Sweetpea
    May 09, 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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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....

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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....

    In the 100 pages of the book that I could force myself to read Pius IX is portrayed as an unimaginative and unskilled leader with no fixed ideas and no ability to move forward with the few ideas he did have. It would be hard for even a great writer of history to make Pius a compelli...

    I must confess that I don't know much about modern Italian history. I had no real understanding about how men like Garibaldi, Mazzini, and Cavour helped create a unified Italy. After reading this book, I've come to the conclusion that Italian unification was due as much to the incompet...

    Well written and researched account of the reign of Pope Pius IX. I am not Catholic, but love biographies, but was not expecting much from this. I became immersed in it due to the detail provided by the writer. It was not written just for those that are Catholic. ...

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    A thoroughly engrossing story of vanity, power, and indecision with a remarkable 'supporting' cast including Margaret Fuller, Garabaldi, and De Tocqueville. Pio Nono fled Rome for over a year and a half and still managed to call the first Vatican council. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    This is likely one of the best history texts that I have ever read. The author paints such a clear picture of the events and people involved that it read like a novel. Though I knew the outcome of the events I still had hope and anticipation for the conclusion. Very well done. I highly...

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  • Robert Fisher
    May 21, 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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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....

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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....

    In the 100 pages of the book that I could force myself to read Pius IX is portrayed as an unimaginative and unskilled leader with no fixed ideas and no ability to move forward with the few ideas he did have. It would be hard for even a great writer of history to make Pius a compelli...

    I must confess that I don't know much about modern Italian history. I had no real understanding about how men like Garibaldi, Mazzini, and Cavour helped create a unified Italy. After reading this book, I've come to the conclusion that Italian unification was due as much to the incompet...

    Well written and researched account of the reign of Pope Pius IX. I am not Catholic, but love biographies, but was not expecting much from this. I became immersed in it due to the detail provided by the writer. It was not written just for those that are Catholic. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    A thoroughly engrossing story of vanity, power, and indecision with a remarkable 'supporting' cast including Margaret Fuller, Garabaldi, and De Tocqueville. Pio Nono fled Rome for over a year and a half and still managed to call the first Vatican council. ...

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  • Zine B. Smith
    Feb 09, 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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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....

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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....

    In the 100 pages of the book that I could force myself to read Pius IX is portrayed as an unimaginative and unskilled leader with no fixed ideas and no ability to move forward with the few ideas he did have. It would be hard for even a great writer of history to make Pius a compelli...

    I must confess that I don't know much about modern Italian history. I had no real understanding about how men like Garibaldi, Mazzini, and Cavour helped create a unified Italy. After reading this book, I've come to the conclusion that Italian unification was due as much to the incompet...

    Well written and researched account of the reign of Pope Pius IX. I am not Catholic, but love biographies, but was not expecting much from this. I became immersed in it due to the detail provided by the writer. It was not written just for those that are Catholic. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    A thoroughly engrossing story of vanity, power, and indecision with a remarkable 'supporting' cast including Margaret Fuller, Garabaldi, and De Tocqueville. Pio Nono fled Rome for over a year and a half and still managed to call the first Vatican council. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    This is likely one of the best history texts that I have ever read. The author paints such a clear picture of the events and people involved that it read like a novel. Though I knew the outcome of the events I still had hope and anticipation for the conclusion. Very well done. I highly...

  • Ann Green
    Dec 09, 2017

    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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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....

    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...

  • Joe McMahon
    May 03, 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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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....

    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...

    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 ...

  • Veronica Bale
    May 18, 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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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....

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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....

    In the 100 pages of the book that I could force myself to read Pius IX is portrayed as an unimaginative and unskilled leader with no fixed ideas and no ability to move forward with the few ideas he did have. It would be hard for even a great writer of history to make Pius a compelli...

    I must confess that I don't know much about modern Italian history. I had no real understanding about how men like Garibaldi, Mazzini, and Cavour helped create a unified Italy. After reading this book, I've come to the conclusion that Italian unification was due as much to the incompet...

    Well written and researched account of the reign of Pope Pius IX. I am not Catholic, but love biographies, but was not expecting much from this. I became immersed in it due to the detail provided by the writer. It was not written just for those that are Catholic. ...

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  • David Sheinfeld
    May 18, 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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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....

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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....

    In the 100 pages of the book that I could force myself to read Pius IX is portrayed as an unimaginative and unskilled leader with no fixed ideas and no ability to move forward with the few ideas he did have. It would be hard for even a great writer of history to make Pius a compelli...

    I must confess that I don't know much about modern Italian history. I had no real understanding about how men like Garibaldi, Mazzini, and Cavour helped create a unified Italy. After reading this book, I've come to the conclusion that Italian unification was due as much to the incompet...

    Well written and researched account of the reign of Pope Pius IX. I am not Catholic, but love biographies, but was not expecting much from this. I became immersed in it due to the detail provided by the writer. It was not written just for those that are Catholic. ...

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    A thoroughly engrossing story of vanity, power, and indecision with a remarkable 'supporting' cast including Margaret Fuller, Garabaldi, and De Tocqueville. Pio Nono fled Rome for over a year and a half and still managed to call the first Vatican council. ...

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  • Mark E. Tobin
    May 12, 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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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....

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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....

    In the 100 pages of the book that I could force myself to read Pius IX is portrayed as an unimaginative and unskilled leader with no fixed ideas and no ability to move forward with the few ideas he did have. It would be hard for even a great writer of history to make Pius a compelli...

    I must confess that I don't know much about modern Italian history. I had no real understanding about how men like Garibaldi, Mazzini, and Cavour helped create a unified Italy. After reading this book, I've come to the conclusion that Italian unification was due as much to the incompet...

    Well written and researched account of the reign of Pope Pius IX. I am not Catholic, but love biographies, but was not expecting much from this. I became immersed in it due to the detail provided by the writer. It was not written just for those that are Catholic. ...

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  • Helen Biggins
    Jun 04, 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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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....

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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....

    In the 100 pages of the book that I could force myself to read Pius IX is portrayed as an unimaginative and unskilled leader with no fixed ideas and no ability to move forward with the few ideas he did have. It would be hard for even a great writer of history to make Pius a compelli...

    I must confess that I don't know much about modern Italian history. I had no real understanding about how men like Garibaldi, Mazzini, and Cavour helped create a unified Italy. After reading this book, I've come to the conclusion that Italian unification was due as much to the incompet...

    Well written and researched account of the reign of Pope Pius IX. I am not Catholic, but love biographies, but was not expecting much from this. I became immersed in it due to the detail provided by the writer. It was not written just for those that are Catholic. ...

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  • Santiago Gonzales
    May 22, 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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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....

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Richard Linnemeier
    May 17, 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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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....

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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....

    In the 100 pages of the book that I could force myself to read Pius IX is portrayed as an unimaginative and unskilled leader with no fixed ideas and no ability to move forward with the few ideas he did have. It would be hard for even a great writer of history to make Pius a compelli...

    I must confess that I don't know much about modern Italian history. I had no real understanding about how men like Garibaldi, Mazzini, and Cavour helped create a unified Italy. After reading this book, I've come to the conclusion that Italian unification was due as much to the incompet...

    Well written and researched account of the reign of Pope Pius IX. I am not Catholic, but love biographies, but was not expecting much from this. I became immersed in it due to the detail provided by the writer. It was not written just for those that are Catholic. ...

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    A thoroughly engrossing story of vanity, power, and indecision with a remarkable 'supporting' cast including Margaret Fuller, Garabaldi, and De Tocqueville. Pio Nono fled Rome for over a year and a half and still managed to call the first Vatican council. ...

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    This is likely one of the best history texts that I have ever read. The author paints such a clear picture of the events and people involved that it read like a novel. Though I knew the outcome of the events I still had hope and anticipation for the conclusion. Very well done. I highly...

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  • Swetha
    May 22, 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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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....

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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....

    In the 100 pages of the book that I could force myself to read Pius IX is portrayed as an unimaginative and unskilled leader with no fixed ideas and no ability to move forward with the few ideas he did have. It would be hard for even a great writer of history to make Pius a compelli...

    I must confess that I don't know much about modern Italian history. I had no real understanding about how men like Garibaldi, Mazzini, and Cavour helped create a unified Italy. After reading this book, I've come to the conclusion that Italian unification was due as much to the incompet...

    Well written and researched account of the reign of Pope Pius IX. I am not Catholic, but love biographies, but was not expecting much from this. I became immersed in it due to the detail provided by the writer. It was not written just for those that are Catholic. ...

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