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...

    "The Pope who would be King" is tremendously entertaining and highly informative for a reader possessing a modest knowledge of the history of Italian Unification. The subject is the Roman Republic which was proclaimed on February 9, 1849 and suppressed by the French Army on July 2, 184...

    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...

    Kertzer brings us back to tumultuous times as the Roman Republic which was proclaimed and then suppressed in 1849. The papacy was turned on its head resulting in a loss of freedoms including two of the most important speech and press. The Roman Republic usually is told from the winner...

    (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...

    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....

    The Pope Who Would Be King is a history that reads like a novel. Author David Kertzer is interested in the personalities involved in his story, and how their characters shaped events. He has a broad range of contemporary accounts to work from that allow him to recreate actual conversat...

    You may not realize that you need to read this book - - but you do. Any of us living in the 21st Century have no idea what turmoil got us here. I never thought twice about Vatican City and what its history was but the world we live in now and the papacy we now know is nothing like ...

    You might have thought that the Divine Right theory of Kingship had died sometime in the Middle Ages. Actually it died with the pontificate of Pius the 9th in the 19th century. It was the destruction of the theocracy of the Papal States in the Revolutions of 1848 and the following unif...

    This is a wonderfully readable account of the short-lived Roman Republic of 1848-1849/50. On the surface, it is difficult to untangle the various intrigues and roles of world powers at the time of the Roman uprising. Kertzer, with his skill for clear and jargon-free writing, makes clea...

    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...

    This is a great book for a very narrow audience - history geeks and people interested in Catholic Church history. Pope Pius the 9th takes over in the mid 1800's. a time when liberalism and revolution are in the air across Europe. In Italy there is a move to establish a constitutional ...

    After visiting Rome, I was curious about the history behind the unification of modern-day Italy. The Pope Who Would Be King: The Exile of Pius IX and the Emergence of Modern Europe explained how Pope Pius IX lost control of Rome and the Papal States in the mid-1800s. At times I felt th...

    An excellent book about the first years of Pope Pius IX, the last pope to be both the spiritual leader of the Catholic Church and the temporal leader of the Papal States, or ?pope-king?. With the recent changes in some European governments to more representative forms with constitu...

    Fascinating history I really had no knowledge of. Very interesting as a backdrop to the declaration of the infallibility of the pope. Very discouraging when I consider how much political self-interest was involved in the assertion of Catholic dogma. Very grateful that the Church no lon...

    Excellent book about a period of history I know little about. Interesting how it foreshadows the 20th Century struggles and even the political situations of today. A little messy ending, but hey, that's history.... ...

    I now know the story of those times in Rome when Popes were getting to be more than popes ...

    In "The Pope Who Would be King", David Kertzer describes the tumultuous history of the Papal States in the late 1800's. More specifically, Kertzer shows how Pope Pius IX's problematic reign led to the eventual unification of Italy. I must have slept through the classes when the late 18...

  • Roger
    Aug 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...

    "The Pope who would be King" is tremendously entertaining and highly informative for a reader possessing a modest knowledge of the history of Italian Unification. The subject is the Roman Republic which was proclaimed on February 9, 1849 and suppressed by the French Army on July 2, 184...

    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...

    Kertzer brings us back to tumultuous times as the Roman Republic which was proclaimed and then suppressed in 1849. The papacy was turned on its head resulting in a loss of freedoms including two of the most important speech and press. The Roman Republic usually is told from the winner...

    (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...

    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....

    The Pope Who Would Be King is a history that reads like a novel. Author David Kertzer is interested in the personalities involved in his story, and how their characters shaped events. He has a broad range of contemporary accounts to work from that allow him to recreate actual conversat...

    You may not realize that you need to read this book - - but you do. Any of us living in the 21st Century have no idea what turmoil got us here. I never thought twice about Vatican City and what its history was but the world we live in now and the papacy we now know is nothing like ...

    You might have thought that the Divine Right theory of Kingship had died sometime in the Middle Ages. Actually it died with the pontificate of Pius the 9th in the 19th century. It was the destruction of the theocracy of the Papal States in the Revolutions of 1848 and the following unif...

    This is a wonderfully readable account of the short-lived Roman Republic of 1848-1849/50. On the surface, it is difficult to untangle the various intrigues and roles of world powers at the time of the Roman uprising. Kertzer, with his skill for clear and jargon-free writing, makes clea...

    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...

    This is a great book for a very narrow audience - history geeks and people interested in Catholic Church history. Pope Pius the 9th takes over in the mid 1800's. a time when liberalism and revolution are in the air across Europe. In Italy there is a move to establish a constitutional ...

    After visiting Rome, I was curious about the history behind the unification of modern-day Italy. The Pope Who Would Be King: The Exile of Pius IX and the Emergence of Modern Europe explained how Pope Pius IX lost control of Rome and the Papal States in the mid-1800s. At times I felt th...

    An excellent book about the first years of Pope Pius IX, the last pope to be both the spiritual leader of the Catholic Church and the temporal leader of the Papal States, or ?pope-king?. With the recent changes in some European governments to more representative forms with constitu...

    Fascinating history I really had no knowledge of. Very interesting as a backdrop to the declaration of the infallibility of the pope. Very discouraging when I consider how much political self-interest was involved in the assertion of Catholic dogma. Very grateful that the Church no lon...

    Excellent book about a period of history I know little about. Interesting how it foreshadows the 20th Century struggles and even the political situations of today. A little messy ending, but hey, that's history.... ...

  • 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...

    "The Pope who would be King" is tremendously entertaining and highly informative for a reader possessing a modest knowledge of the history of Italian Unification. The subject is the Roman Republic which was proclaimed on February 9, 1849 and suppressed by the French Army on July 2, 184...

    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...

    Kertzer brings us back to tumultuous times as the Roman Republic which was proclaimed and then suppressed in 1849. The papacy was turned on its head resulting in a loss of freedoms including two of the most important speech and press. The Roman Republic usually is told from the winner...

    (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...

    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....

  • Nita
    Jun 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...

    "The Pope who would be King" is tremendously entertaining and highly informative for a reader possessing a modest knowledge of the history of Italian Unification. The subject is the Roman Republic which was proclaimed on February 9, 1849 and suppressed by the French Army on July 2, 184...

    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...

    Kertzer brings us back to tumultuous times as the Roman Republic which was proclaimed and then suppressed in 1849. The papacy was turned on its head resulting in a loss of freedoms including two of the most important speech and press. The Roman Republic usually is told from the winner...

    (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...

    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....

    The Pope Who Would Be King is a history that reads like a novel. Author David Kertzer is interested in the personalities involved in his story, and how their characters shaped events. He has a broad range of contemporary accounts to work from that allow him to recreate actual conversat...

    You may not realize that you need to read this book - - but you do. Any of us living in the 21st Century have no idea what turmoil got us here. I never thought twice about Vatican City and what its history was but the world we live in now and the papacy we now know is nothing like ...

    You might have thought that the Divine Right theory of Kingship had died sometime in the Middle Ages. Actually it died with the pontificate of Pius the 9th in the 19th century. It was the destruction of the theocracy of the Papal States in the Revolutions of 1848 and the following unif...

    This is a wonderfully readable account of the short-lived Roman Republic of 1848-1849/50. On the surface, it is difficult to untangle the various intrigues and roles of world powers at the time of the Roman uprising. Kertzer, with his skill for clear and jargon-free writing, makes clea...

    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...

    This is a great book for a very narrow audience - history geeks and people interested in Catholic Church history. Pope Pius the 9th takes over in the mid 1800's. a time when liberalism and revolution are in the air across Europe. In Italy there is a move to establish a constitutional ...

    After visiting Rome, I was curious about the history behind the unification of modern-day Italy. The Pope Who Would Be King: The Exile of Pius IX and the Emergence of Modern Europe explained how Pope Pius IX lost control of Rome and the Papal States in the mid-1800s. At times I felt th...

    An excellent book about the first years of Pope Pius IX, the last pope to be both the spiritual leader of the Catholic Church and the temporal leader of the Papal States, or ?pope-king?. With the recent changes in some European governments to more representative forms with constitu...

    Fascinating history I really had no knowledge of. Very interesting as a backdrop to the declaration of the infallibility of the pope. Very discouraging when I consider how much political self-interest was involved in the assertion of Catholic dogma. Very grateful that the Church no lon...

    Excellent book about a period of history I know little about. Interesting how it foreshadows the 20th Century struggles and even the political situations of today. A little messy ending, but hey, that's history.... ...

    I now know the story of those times in Rome when Popes were getting to be more than popes ...

    In "The Pope Who Would be King", David Kertzer describes the tumultuous history of the Papal States in the late 1800's. More specifically, Kertzer shows how Pope Pius IX's problematic reign led to the eventual unification of Italy. I must have slept through the classes when the late 18...

    I got this book from a Goodreads Giveaway. The book was easy and fun t read. I love this era of history and this book gives a clear picture of the politics and personalities involved. ...

  • 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...

    "The Pope who would be King" is tremendously entertaining and highly informative for a reader possessing a modest knowledge of the history of Italian Unification. The subject is the Roman Republic which was proclaimed on February 9, 1849 and suppressed by the French Army on July 2, 184...

    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...

    Kertzer brings us back to tumultuous times as the Roman Republic which was proclaimed and then suppressed in 1849. The papacy was turned on its head resulting in a loss of freedoms including two of the most important speech and press. The Roman Republic usually is told from the winner...

    (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...

  • 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...

    "The Pope who would be King" is tremendously entertaining and highly informative for a reader possessing a modest knowledge of the history of Italian Unification. The subject is the Roman Republic which was proclaimed on February 9, 1849 and suppressed by the French Army on July 2, 184...

    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...

    Kertzer brings us back to tumultuous times as the Roman Republic which was proclaimed and then suppressed in 1849. The papacy was turned on its head resulting in a loss of freedoms including two of the most important speech and press. The Roman Republic usually is told from the winner...

    (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...

    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....

    The Pope Who Would Be King is a history that reads like a novel. Author David Kertzer is interested in the personalities involved in his story, and how their characters shaped events. He has a broad range of contemporary accounts to work from that allow him to recreate actual conversat...

    You may not realize that you need to read this book - - but you do. Any of us living in the 21st Century have no idea what turmoil got us here. I never thought twice about Vatican City and what its history was but the world we live in now and the papacy we now know is nothing like ...

    You might have thought that the Divine Right theory of Kingship had died sometime in the Middle Ages. Actually it died with the pontificate of Pius the 9th in the 19th century. It was the destruction of the theocracy of the Papal States in the Revolutions of 1848 and the following unif...

    This is a wonderfully readable account of the short-lived Roman Republic of 1848-1849/50. On the surface, it is difficult to untangle the various intrigues and roles of world powers at the time of the Roman uprising. Kertzer, with his skill for clear and jargon-free writing, makes clea...

    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...

    This is a great book for a very narrow audience - history geeks and people interested in Catholic Church history. Pope Pius the 9th takes over in the mid 1800's. a time when liberalism and revolution are in the air across Europe. In Italy there is a move to establish a constitutional ...

    After visiting Rome, I was curious about the history behind the unification of modern-day Italy. The Pope Who Would Be King: The Exile of Pius IX and the Emergence of Modern Europe explained how Pope Pius IX lost control of Rome and the Papal States in the mid-1800s. At times I felt th...

    An excellent book about the first years of Pope Pius IX, the last pope to be both the spiritual leader of the Catholic Church and the temporal leader of the Papal States, or ?pope-king?. With the recent changes in some European governments to more representative forms with constitu...

    Fascinating history I really had no knowledge of. Very interesting as a backdrop to the declaration of the infallibility of the pope. Very discouraging when I consider how much political self-interest was involved in the assertion of Catholic dogma. Very grateful that the Church no lon...

    Excellent book about a period of history I know little about. Interesting how it foreshadows the 20th Century struggles and even the political situations of today. A little messy ending, but hey, that's history.... ...

    I now know the story of those times in Rome when Popes were getting to be more than popes ...

    In "The Pope Who Would be King", David Kertzer describes the tumultuous history of the Papal States in the late 1800's. More specifically, Kertzer shows how Pope Pius IX's problematic reign led to the eventual unification of Italy. I must have slept through the classes when the late 18...

    I got this book from a Goodreads Giveaway. The book was easy and fun t read. I love this era of history and this book gives a clear picture of the politics and personalities involved. ...

    3.5 ...

    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...

    "The Pope who would be King" is tremendously entertaining and highly informative for a reader possessing a modest knowledge of the history of Italian Unification. The subject is the Roman Republic which was proclaimed on February 9, 1849 and suppressed by the French Army on July 2, 184...

    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...

    Kertzer brings us back to tumultuous times as the Roman Republic which was proclaimed and then suppressed in 1849. The papacy was turned on its head resulting in a loss of freedoms including two of the most important speech and press. The Roman Republic usually is told from the winner...

    (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...

    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....

    The Pope Who Would Be King is a history that reads like a novel. Author David Kertzer is interested in the personalities involved in his story, and how their characters shaped events. He has a broad range of contemporary accounts to work from that allow him to recreate actual conversat...

    You may not realize that you need to read this book - - but you do. Any of us living in the 21st Century have no idea what turmoil got us here. I never thought twice about Vatican City and what its history was but the world we live in now and the papacy we now know is nothing like ...

    You might have thought that the Divine Right theory of Kingship had died sometime in the Middle Ages. Actually it died with the pontificate of Pius the 9th in the 19th century. It was the destruction of the theocracy of the Papal States in the Revolutions of 1848 and the following unif...

    This is a wonderfully readable account of the short-lived Roman Republic of 1848-1849/50. On the surface, it is difficult to untangle the various intrigues and roles of world powers at the time of the Roman uprising. Kertzer, with his skill for clear and jargon-free writing, makes clea...

    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...

    This is a great book for a very narrow audience - history geeks and people interested in Catholic Church history. Pope Pius the 9th takes over in the mid 1800's. a time when liberalism and revolution are in the air across Europe. In Italy there is a move to establish a constitutional ...

    After visiting Rome, I was curious about the history behind the unification of modern-day Italy. The Pope Who Would Be King: The Exile of Pius IX and the Emergence of Modern Europe explained how Pope Pius IX lost control of Rome and the Papal States in the mid-1800s. At times I felt th...

    An excellent book about the first years of Pope Pius IX, the last pope to be both the spiritual leader of the Catholic Church and the temporal leader of the Papal States, or ?pope-king?. With the recent changes in some European governments to more representative forms with constitu...

    Fascinating history I really had no knowledge of. Very interesting as a backdrop to the declaration of the infallibility of the pope. Very discouraging when I consider how much political self-interest was involved in the assertion of Catholic dogma. Very grateful that the Church no lon...

    Excellent book about a period of history I know little about. Interesting how it foreshadows the 20th Century struggles and even the political situations of today. A little messy ending, but hey, that's history.... ...

    I now know the story of those times in Rome when Popes were getting to be more than popes ...

    In "The Pope Who Would be King", David Kertzer describes the tumultuous history of the Papal States in the late 1800's. More specifically, Kertzer shows how Pope Pius IX's problematic reign led to the eventual unification of Italy. I must have slept through the classes when the late 18...

    I got this book from a Goodreads Giveaway. The book was easy and fun t read. I love this era of history and this book gives a clear picture of the politics and personalities involved. ...

    3.5 ...

    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...

  •  wade
    Jul 27, 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...

    "The Pope who would be King" is tremendously entertaining and highly informative for a reader possessing a modest knowledge of the history of Italian Unification. The subject is the Roman Republic which was proclaimed on February 9, 1849 and suppressed by the French Army on July 2, 184...

    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...

    Kertzer brings us back to tumultuous times as the Roman Republic which was proclaimed and then suppressed in 1849. The papacy was turned on its head resulting in a loss of freedoms including two of the most important speech and press. The Roman Republic usually is told from the winner...

    (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...

    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....

    The Pope Who Would Be King is a history that reads like a novel. Author David Kertzer is interested in the personalities involved in his story, and how their characters shaped events. He has a broad range of contemporary accounts to work from that allow him to recreate actual conversat...

    You may not realize that you need to read this book - - but you do. Any of us living in the 21st Century have no idea what turmoil got us here. I never thought twice about Vatican City and what its history was but the world we live in now and the papacy we now know is nothing like ...

    You might have thought that the Divine Right theory of Kingship had died sometime in the Middle Ages. Actually it died with the pontificate of Pius the 9th in the 19th century. It was the destruction of the theocracy of the Papal States in the Revolutions of 1848 and the following unif...

    This is a wonderfully readable account of the short-lived Roman Republic of 1848-1849/50. On the surface, it is difficult to untangle the various intrigues and roles of world powers at the time of the Roman uprising. Kertzer, with his skill for clear and jargon-free writing, makes clea...

    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...

    This is a great book for a very narrow audience - history geeks and people interested in Catholic Church history. Pope Pius the 9th takes over in the mid 1800's. a time when liberalism and revolution are in the air across Europe. In Italy there is a move to establish a constitutional ...

  • Sandi
    Jun 29, 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...

    "The Pope who would be King" is tremendously entertaining and highly informative for a reader possessing a modest knowledge of the history of Italian Unification. The subject is the Roman Republic which was proclaimed on February 9, 1849 and suppressed by the French Army on July 2, 184...

    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...

    Kertzer brings us back to tumultuous times as the Roman Republic which was proclaimed and then suppressed in 1849. The papacy was turned on its head resulting in a loss of freedoms including two of the most important speech and press. The Roman Republic usually is told from the winner...

    (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...

    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....

    The Pope Who Would Be King is a history that reads like a novel. Author David Kertzer is interested in the personalities involved in his story, and how their characters shaped events. He has a broad range of contemporary accounts to work from that allow him to recreate actual conversat...

    You may not realize that you need to read this book - - but you do. Any of us living in the 21st Century have no idea what turmoil got us here. I never thought twice about Vatican City and what its history was but the world we live in now and the papacy we now know is nothing like ...

    You might have thought that the Divine Right theory of Kingship had died sometime in the Middle Ages. Actually it died with the pontificate of Pius the 9th in the 19th century. It was the destruction of the theocracy of the Papal States in the Revolutions of 1848 and the following unif...

    This is a wonderfully readable account of the short-lived Roman Republic of 1848-1849/50. On the surface, it is difficult to untangle the various intrigues and roles of world powers at the time of the Roman uprising. Kertzer, with his skill for clear and jargon-free writing, makes clea...

    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...

    This is a great book for a very narrow audience - history geeks and people interested in Catholic Church history. Pope Pius the 9th takes over in the mid 1800's. a time when liberalism and revolution are in the air across Europe. In Italy there is a move to establish a constitutional ...

    After visiting Rome, I was curious about the history behind the unification of modern-day Italy. The Pope Who Would Be King: The Exile of Pius IX and the Emergence of Modern Europe explained how Pope Pius IX lost control of Rome and the Papal States in the mid-1800s. At times I felt th...

    An excellent book about the first years of Pope Pius IX, the last pope to be both the spiritual leader of the Catholic Church and the temporal leader of the Papal States, or ?pope-king?. With the recent changes in some European governments to more representative forms with constitu...

    Fascinating history I really had no knowledge of. Very interesting as a backdrop to the declaration of the infallibility of the pope. Very discouraging when I consider how much political self-interest was involved in the assertion of Catholic dogma. Very grateful that the Church no lon...

    Excellent book about a period of history I know little about. Interesting how it foreshadows the 20th Century struggles and even the political situations of today. A little messy ending, but hey, that's history.... ...

    I now know the story of those times in Rome when Popes were getting to be more than popes ...

  • 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...

    "The Pope who would be King" is tremendously entertaining and highly informative for a reader possessing a modest knowledge of the history of Italian Unification. The subject is the Roman Republic which was proclaimed on February 9, 1849 and suppressed by the French Army on July 2, 184...

    This is a well-researched, well-written and unexpectedly gripping account of the reign of Pius IX, the last pope to govern central Italy as a secular -- and absolute -- monarch. The narrative mostly focuses on the first tumultuous years of his papacy, from his election in 1846, through...

  • Caterina Pierre
    Jul 01, 2018

    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...

    "The Pope who would be King" is tremendously entertaining and highly informative for a reader possessing a modest knowledge of the history of Italian Unification. The subject is the Roman Republic which was proclaimed on February 9, 1849 and suppressed by the French Army on July 2, 184...

    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...

    Kertzer brings us back to tumultuous times as the Roman Republic which was proclaimed and then suppressed in 1849. The papacy was turned on its head resulting in a loss of freedoms including two of the most important speech and press. The Roman Republic usually is told from the winner...

    (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...

    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....

    The Pope Who Would Be King is a history that reads like a novel. Author David Kertzer is interested in the personalities involved in his story, and how their characters shaped events. He has a broad range of contemporary accounts to work from that allow him to recreate actual conversat...

    You may not realize that you need to read this book - - but you do. Any of us living in the 21st Century have no idea what turmoil got us here. I never thought twice about Vatican City and what its history was but the world we live in now and the papacy we now know is nothing like ...

    You might have thought that the Divine Right theory of Kingship had died sometime in the Middle Ages. Actually it died with the pontificate of Pius the 9th in the 19th century. It was the destruction of the theocracy of the Papal States in the Revolutions of 1848 and the following unif...

    This is a wonderfully readable account of the short-lived Roman Republic of 1848-1849/50. On the surface, it is difficult to untangle the various intrigues and roles of world powers at the time of the Roman uprising. Kertzer, with his skill for clear and jargon-free writing, makes clea...

  • Shawn
    Jul 09, 2018

    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...

    "The Pope who would be King" is tremendously entertaining and highly informative for a reader possessing a modest knowledge of the history of Italian Unification. The subject is the Roman Republic which was proclaimed on February 9, 1849 and suppressed by the French Army on July 2, 184...

    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...

    Kertzer brings us back to tumultuous times as the Roman Republic which was proclaimed and then suppressed in 1849. The papacy was turned on its head resulting in a loss of freedoms including two of the most important speech and press. The Roman Republic usually is told from the winner...

    (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...

    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....

    The Pope Who Would Be King is a history that reads like a novel. Author David Kertzer is interested in the personalities involved in his story, and how their characters shaped events. He has a broad range of contemporary accounts to work from that allow him to recreate actual conversat...

    You may not realize that you need to read this book - - but you do. Any of us living in the 21st Century have no idea what turmoil got us here. I never thought twice about Vatican City and what its history was but the world we live in now and the papacy we now know is nothing like ...

    You might have thought that the Divine Right theory of Kingship had died sometime in the Middle Ages. Actually it died with the pontificate of Pius the 9th in the 19th century. It was the destruction of the theocracy of the Papal States in the Revolutions of 1848 and the following unif...

    This is a wonderfully readable account of the short-lived Roman Republic of 1848-1849/50. On the surface, it is difficult to untangle the various intrigues and roles of world powers at the time of the Roman uprising. Kertzer, with his skill for clear and jargon-free writing, makes clea...

    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...

    This is a great book for a very narrow audience - history geeks and people interested in Catholic Church history. Pope Pius the 9th takes over in the mid 1800's. a time when liberalism and revolution are in the air across Europe. In Italy there is a move to establish a constitutional ...

    After visiting Rome, I was curious about the history behind the unification of modern-day Italy. The Pope Who Would Be King: The Exile of Pius IX and the Emergence of Modern Europe explained how Pope Pius IX lost control of Rome and the Papal States in the mid-1800s. At times I felt th...

    An excellent book about the first years of Pope Pius IX, the last pope to be both the spiritual leader of the Catholic Church and the temporal leader of the Papal States, or ?pope-king?. With the recent changes in some European governments to more representative forms with constitu...

    Fascinating history I really had no knowledge of. Very interesting as a backdrop to the declaration of the infallibility of the pope. Very discouraging when I consider how much political self-interest was involved in the assertion of Catholic dogma. Very grateful that the Church no lon...

  • Geoffrey
    Dec 29, 2017

    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...

    "The Pope who would be King" is tremendously entertaining and highly informative for a reader possessing a modest knowledge of the history of Italian Unification. The subject is the Roman Republic which was proclaimed on February 9, 1849 and suppressed by the French Army on July 2, 184...

    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...

    Kertzer brings us back to tumultuous times as the Roman Republic which was proclaimed and then suppressed in 1849. The papacy was turned on its head resulting in a loss of freedoms including two of the most important speech and press. The Roman Republic usually is told from the winner...

    (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...

  • Tom N
    Jul 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...

    "The Pope who would be King" is tremendously entertaining and highly informative for a reader possessing a modest knowledge of the history of Italian Unification. The subject is the Roman Republic which was proclaimed on February 9, 1849 and suppressed by the French Army on July 2, 184...

    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...

    Kertzer brings us back to tumultuous times as the Roman Republic which was proclaimed and then suppressed in 1849. The papacy was turned on its head resulting in a loss of freedoms including two of the most important speech and press. The Roman Republic usually is told from the winner...

    (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...

    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....

    The Pope Who Would Be King is a history that reads like a novel. Author David Kertzer is interested in the personalities involved in his story, and how their characters shaped events. He has a broad range of contemporary accounts to work from that allow him to recreate actual conversat...

    You may not realize that you need to read this book - - but you do. Any of us living in the 21st Century have no idea what turmoil got us here. I never thought twice about Vatican City and what its history was but the world we live in now and the papacy we now know is nothing like ...

    You might have thought that the Divine Right theory of Kingship had died sometime in the Middle Ages. Actually it died with the pontificate of Pius the 9th in the 19th century. It was the destruction of the theocracy of the Papal States in the Revolutions of 1848 and the following unif...

    This is a wonderfully readable account of the short-lived Roman Republic of 1848-1849/50. On the surface, it is difficult to untangle the various intrigues and roles of world powers at the time of the Roman uprising. Kertzer, with his skill for clear and jargon-free writing, makes clea...

    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...

    This is a great book for a very narrow audience - history geeks and people interested in Catholic Church history. Pope Pius the 9th takes over in the mid 1800's. a time when liberalism and revolution are in the air across Europe. In Italy there is a move to establish a constitutional ...

    After visiting Rome, I was curious about the history behind the unification of modern-day Italy. The Pope Who Would Be King: The Exile of Pius IX and the Emergence of Modern Europe explained how Pope Pius IX lost control of Rome and the Papal States in the mid-1800s. At times I felt th...

    An excellent book about the first years of Pope Pius IX, the last pope to be both the spiritual leader of the Catholic Church and the temporal leader of the Papal States, or ?pope-king?. With the recent changes in some European governments to more representative forms with constitu...

    Fascinating history I really had no knowledge of. Very interesting as a backdrop to the declaration of the infallibility of the pope. Very discouraging when I consider how much political self-interest was involved in the assertion of Catholic dogma. Very grateful that the Church no lon...

    Excellent book about a period of history I know little about. Interesting how it foreshadows the 20th Century struggles and even the political situations of today. A little messy ending, but hey, that's history.... ...

    I now know the story of those times in Rome when Popes were getting to be more than popes ...

    In "The Pope Who Would be King", David Kertzer describes the tumultuous history of the Papal States in the late 1800's. More specifically, Kertzer shows how Pope Pius IX's problematic reign led to the eventual unification of Italy. I must have slept through the classes when the late 18...

    I got this book from a Goodreads Giveaway. The book was easy and fun t read. I love this era of history and this book gives a clear picture of the politics and personalities involved. ...

    3.5 ...

  • 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...

    "The Pope who would be King" is tremendously entertaining and highly informative for a reader possessing a modest knowledge of the history of Italian Unification. The subject is the Roman Republic which was proclaimed on February 9, 1849 and suppressed by the French Army on July 2, 184...

    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...

    Kertzer brings us back to tumultuous times as the Roman Republic which was proclaimed and then suppressed in 1849. The papacy was turned on its head resulting in a loss of freedoms including two of the most important speech and press. The Roman Republic usually is told from the winner...

    (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...

    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....

    The Pope Who Would Be King is a history that reads like a novel. Author David Kertzer is interested in the personalities involved in his story, and how their characters shaped events. He has a broad range of contemporary accounts to work from that allow him to recreate actual conversat...

    You may not realize that you need to read this book - - but you do. Any of us living in the 21st Century have no idea what turmoil got us here. I never thought twice about Vatican City and what its history was but the world we live in now and the papacy we now know is nothing like ...

    You might have thought that the Divine Right theory of Kingship had died sometime in the Middle Ages. Actually it died with the pontificate of Pius the 9th in the 19th century. It was the destruction of the theocracy of the Papal States in the Revolutions of 1848 and the following unif...

    This is a wonderfully readable account of the short-lived Roman Republic of 1848-1849/50. On the surface, it is difficult to untangle the various intrigues and roles of world powers at the time of the Roman uprising. Kertzer, with his skill for clear and jargon-free writing, makes clea...

    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...

    This is a great book for a very narrow audience - history geeks and people interested in Catholic Church history. Pope Pius the 9th takes over in the mid 1800's. a time when liberalism and revolution are in the air across Europe. In Italy there is a move to establish a constitutional ...

    After visiting Rome, I was curious about the history behind the unification of modern-day Italy. The Pope Who Would Be King: The Exile of Pius IX and the Emergence of Modern Europe explained how Pope Pius IX lost control of Rome and the Papal States in the mid-1800s. At times I felt th...

    An excellent book about the first years of Pope Pius IX, the last pope to be both the spiritual leader of the Catholic Church and the temporal leader of the Papal States, or ?pope-king?. With the recent changes in some European governments to more representative forms with constitu...

    Fascinating history I really had no knowledge of. Very interesting as a backdrop to the declaration of the infallibility of the pope. Very discouraging when I consider how much political self-interest was involved in the assertion of Catholic dogma. Very grateful that the Church no lon...

    Excellent book about a period of history I know little about. Interesting how it foreshadows the 20th Century struggles and even the political situations of today. A little messy ending, but hey, that's history.... ...

    I now know the story of those times in Rome when Popes were getting to be more than popes ...

    In "The Pope Who Would be King", David Kertzer describes the tumultuous history of the Papal States in the late 1800's. More specifically, Kertzer shows how Pope Pius IX's problematic reign led to the eventual unification of Italy. I must have slept through the classes when the late 18...

    I got this book from a Goodreads Giveaway. The book was easy and fun t read. I love this era of history and this book gives a clear picture of the politics and personalities involved. ...

    3.5 ...

    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. ...

  • William Nist
    Jun 27, 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...

    "The Pope who would be King" is tremendously entertaining and highly informative for a reader possessing a modest knowledge of the history of Italian Unification. The subject is the Roman Republic which was proclaimed on February 9, 1849 and suppressed by the French Army on July 2, 184...

    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...

    Kertzer brings us back to tumultuous times as the Roman Republic which was proclaimed and then suppressed in 1849. The papacy was turned on its head resulting in a loss of freedoms including two of the most important speech and press. The Roman Republic usually is told from the winner...

    (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...

    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....

    The Pope Who Would Be King is a history that reads like a novel. Author David Kertzer is interested in the personalities involved in his story, and how their characters shaped events. He has a broad range of contemporary accounts to work from that allow him to recreate actual conversat...

    You may not realize that you need to read this book - - but you do. Any of us living in the 21st Century have no idea what turmoil got us here. I never thought twice about Vatican City and what its history was but the world we live in now and the papacy we now know is nothing like ...

    You might have thought that the Divine Right theory of Kingship had died sometime in the Middle Ages. Actually it died with the pontificate of Pius the 9th in the 19th century. It was the destruction of the theocracy of the Papal States in the Revolutions of 1848 and the following unif...

  • Steve
    Jul 08, 2018

    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...

    "The Pope who would be King" is tremendously entertaining and highly informative for a reader possessing a modest knowledge of the history of Italian Unification. The subject is the Roman Republic which was proclaimed on February 9, 1849 and suppressed by the French Army on July 2, 184...

    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...

    Kertzer brings us back to tumultuous times as the Roman Republic which was proclaimed and then suppressed in 1849. The papacy was turned on its head resulting in a loss of freedoms including two of the most important speech and press. The Roman Republic usually is told from the winner...

    (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...

    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....

    The Pope Who Would Be King is a history that reads like a novel. Author David Kertzer is interested in the personalities involved in his story, and how their characters shaped events. He has a broad range of contemporary accounts to work from that allow him to recreate actual conversat...

    You may not realize that you need to read this book - - but you do. Any of us living in the 21st Century have no idea what turmoil got us here. I never thought twice about Vatican City and what its history was but the world we live in now and the papacy we now know is nothing like ...

    You might have thought that the Divine Right theory of Kingship had died sometime in the Middle Ages. Actually it died with the pontificate of Pius the 9th in the 19th century. It was the destruction of the theocracy of the Papal States in the Revolutions of 1848 and the following unif...

    This is a wonderfully readable account of the short-lived Roman Republic of 1848-1849/50. On the surface, it is difficult to untangle the various intrigues and roles of world powers at the time of the Roman uprising. Kertzer, with his skill for clear and jargon-free writing, makes clea...

    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...

    This is a great book for a very narrow audience - history geeks and people interested in Catholic Church history. Pope Pius the 9th takes over in the mid 1800's. a time when liberalism and revolution are in the air across Europe. In Italy there is a move to establish a constitutional ...

    After visiting Rome, I was curious about the history behind the unification of modern-day Italy. The Pope Who Would Be King: The Exile of Pius IX and the Emergence of Modern Europe explained how Pope Pius IX lost control of Rome and the Papal States in the mid-1800s. At times I felt th...

    An excellent book about the first years of Pope Pius IX, the last pope to be both the spiritual leader of the Catholic Church and the temporal leader of the Papal States, or ?pope-king?. With the recent changes in some European governments to more representative forms with constitu...

  • Rama
    Feb 28, 2018

    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...

    "The Pope who would be King" is tremendously entertaining and highly informative for a reader possessing a modest knowledge of the history of Italian Unification. The subject is the Roman Republic which was proclaimed on February 9, 1849 and suppressed by the French Army on July 2, 184...

    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...

  • Czarny Pies
    Jul 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...

    "The Pope who would be King" is tremendously entertaining and highly informative for a reader possessing a modest knowledge of the history of Italian Unification. The subject is the Roman Republic which was proclaimed on February 9, 1849 and suppressed by the French Army on July 2, 184...

  • Jane Hanser
    Jul 15, 2018

    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...

    "The Pope who would be King" is tremendously entertaining and highly informative for a reader possessing a modest knowledge of the history of Italian Unification. The subject is the Roman Republic which was proclaimed on February 9, 1849 and suppressed by the French Army on July 2, 184...

    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...

    Kertzer brings us back to tumultuous times as the Roman Republic which was proclaimed and then suppressed in 1849. The papacy was turned on its head resulting in a loss of freedoms including two of the most important speech and press. The Roman Republic usually is told from the winner...

    (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...

    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....

    The Pope Who Would Be King is a history that reads like a novel. Author David Kertzer is interested in the personalities involved in his story, and how their characters shaped events. He has a broad range of contemporary accounts to work from that allow him to recreate actual conversat...

    You may not realize that you need to read this book - - but you do. Any of us living in the 21st Century have no idea what turmoil got us here. I never thought twice about Vatican City and what its history was but the world we live in now and the papacy we now know is nothing like ...

  • 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...

    "The Pope who would be King" is tremendously entertaining and highly informative for a reader possessing a modest knowledge of the history of Italian Unification. The subject is the Roman Republic which was proclaimed on February 9, 1849 and suppressed by the French Army on July 2, 184...

    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...

    Kertzer brings us back to tumultuous times as the Roman Republic which was proclaimed and then suppressed in 1849. The papacy was turned on its head resulting in a loss of freedoms including two of the most important speech and press. The Roman Republic usually is told from the winner...

    (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...

  • Donna Hines
    Aug 06, 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...

    "The Pope who would be King" is tremendously entertaining and highly informative for a reader possessing a modest knowledge of the history of Italian Unification. The subject is the Roman Republic which was proclaimed on February 9, 1849 and suppressed by the French Army on July 2, 184...

    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...

    Kertzer brings us back to tumultuous times as the Roman Republic which was proclaimed and then suppressed in 1849. The papacy was turned on its head resulting in a loss of freedoms including two of the most important speech and press. The Roman Republic usually is told from the winner...

  • Janis
    Jun 16, 2018

    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...

    "The Pope who would be King" is tremendously entertaining and highly informative for a reader possessing a modest knowledge of the history of Italian Unification. The subject is the Roman Republic which was proclaimed on February 9, 1849 and suppressed by the French Army on July 2, 184...

    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...

    Kertzer brings us back to tumultuous times as the Roman Republic which was proclaimed and then suppressed in 1849. The papacy was turned on its head resulting in a loss of freedoms including two of the most important speech and press. The Roman Republic usually is told from the winner...

    (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...

    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....

    The Pope Who Would Be King is a history that reads like a novel. Author David Kertzer is interested in the personalities involved in his story, and how their characters shaped events. He has a broad range of contemporary accounts to work from that allow him to recreate actual conversat...

    You may not realize that you need to read this book - - but you do. Any of us living in the 21st Century have no idea what turmoil got us here. I never thought twice about Vatican City and what its history was but the world we live in now and the papacy we now know is nothing like ...

    You might have thought that the Divine Right theory of Kingship had died sometime in the Middle Ages. Actually it died with the pontificate of Pius the 9th in the 19th century. It was the destruction of the theocracy of the Papal States in the Revolutions of 1848 and the following unif...

    This is a wonderfully readable account of the short-lived Roman Republic of 1848-1849/50. On the surface, it is difficult to untangle the various intrigues and roles of world powers at the time of the Roman uprising. Kertzer, with his skill for clear and jargon-free writing, makes clea...

    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...

    This is a great book for a very narrow audience - history geeks and people interested in Catholic Church history. Pope Pius the 9th takes over in the mid 1800's. a time when liberalism and revolution are in the air across Europe. In Italy there is a move to establish a constitutional ...

    After visiting Rome, I was curious about the history behind the unification of modern-day Italy. The Pope Who Would Be King: The Exile of Pius IX and the Emergence of Modern Europe explained how Pope Pius IX lost control of Rome and the Papal States in the mid-1800s. At times I felt th...

  • Joe McMahon
    May 03, 2018

    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...

    "The Pope who would be King" is tremendously entertaining and highly informative for a reader possessing a modest knowledge of the history of Italian Unification. The subject is the Roman Republic which was proclaimed on February 9, 1849 and suppressed by the French Army on July 2, 184...

    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...

    Kertzer brings us back to tumultuous times as the Roman Republic which was proclaimed and then suppressed in 1849. The papacy was turned on its head resulting in a loss of freedoms including two of the most important speech and press. The Roman Republic usually is told from the winner...

    (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...

    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....

    The Pope Who Would Be King is a history that reads like a novel. Author David Kertzer is interested in the personalities involved in his story, and how their characters shaped events. He has a broad range of contemporary accounts to work from that allow him to recreate actual conversat...

    You may not realize that you need to read this book - - but you do. Any of us living in the 21st Century have no idea what turmoil got us here. I never thought twice about Vatican City and what its history was but the world we live in now and the papacy we now know is nothing like ...

    You might have thought that the Divine Right theory of Kingship had died sometime in the Middle Ages. Actually it died with the pontificate of Pius the 9th in the 19th century. It was the destruction of the theocracy of the Papal States in the Revolutions of 1848 and the following unif...

    This is a wonderfully readable account of the short-lived Roman Republic of 1848-1849/50. On the surface, it is difficult to untangle the various intrigues and roles of world powers at the time of the Roman uprising. Kertzer, with his skill for clear and jargon-free writing, makes clea...

    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...

    "The Pope who would be King" is tremendously entertaining and highly informative for a reader possessing a modest knowledge of the history of Italian Unification. The subject is the Roman Republic which was proclaimed on February 9, 1849 and suppressed by the French Army on July 2, 184...

    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...

    Kertzer brings us back to tumultuous times as the Roman Republic which was proclaimed and then suppressed in 1849. The papacy was turned on its head resulting in a loss of freedoms including two of the most important speech and press. The Roman Republic usually is told from the winner...

    (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...

    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....

    The Pope Who Would Be King is a history that reads like a novel. Author David Kertzer is interested in the personalities involved in his story, and how their characters shaped events. He has a broad range of contemporary accounts to work from that allow him to recreate actual conversat...

    You may not realize that you need to read this book - - but you do. Any of us living in the 21st Century have no idea what turmoil got us here. I never thought twice about Vatican City and what its history was but the world we live in now and the papacy we now know is nothing like ...

    You might have thought that the Divine Right theory of Kingship had died sometime in the Middle Ages. Actually it died with the pontificate of Pius the 9th in the 19th century. It was the destruction of the theocracy of the Papal States in the Revolutions of 1848 and the following unif...

    This is a wonderfully readable account of the short-lived Roman Republic of 1848-1849/50. On the surface, it is difficult to untangle the various intrigues and roles of world powers at the time of the Roman uprising. Kertzer, with his skill for clear and jargon-free writing, makes clea...

    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...

    This is a great book for a very narrow audience - history geeks and people interested in Catholic Church history. Pope Pius the 9th takes over in the mid 1800's. a time when liberalism and revolution are in the air across Europe. In Italy there is a move to establish a constitutional ...

    After visiting Rome, I was curious about the history behind the unification of modern-day Italy. The Pope Who Would Be King: The Exile of Pius IX and the Emergence of Modern Europe explained how Pope Pius IX lost control of Rome and the Papal States in the mid-1800s. At times I felt th...

    An excellent book about the first years of Pope Pius IX, the last pope to be both the spiritual leader of the Catholic Church and the temporal leader of the Papal States, or ?pope-king?. With the recent changes in some European governments to more representative forms with constitu...

    Fascinating history I really had no knowledge of. Very interesting as a backdrop to the declaration of the infallibility of the pope. Very discouraging when I consider how much political self-interest was involved in the assertion of Catholic dogma. Very grateful that the Church no lon...

    Excellent book about a period of history I know little about. Interesting how it foreshadows the 20th Century struggles and even the political situations of today. A little messy ending, but hey, that's history.... ...

    I now know the story of those times in Rome when Popes were getting to be more than popes ...

    In "The Pope Who Would be King", David Kertzer describes the tumultuous history of the Papal States in the late 1800's. More specifically, Kertzer shows how Pope Pius IX's problematic reign led to the eventual unification of Italy. I must have slept through the classes when the late 18...

    I got this book from a Goodreads Giveaway. The book was easy and fun t read. I love this era of history and this book gives a clear picture of the politics and personalities involved. ...

    3.5 ...

    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. ...

    ...

    ...

  • 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...

    "The Pope who would be King" is tremendously entertaining and highly informative for a reader possessing a modest knowledge of the history of Italian Unification. The subject is the Roman Republic which was proclaimed on February 9, 1849 and suppressed by the French Army on July 2, 184...

    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...

    Kertzer brings us back to tumultuous times as the Roman Republic which was proclaimed and then suppressed in 1849. The papacy was turned on its head resulting in a loss of freedoms including two of the most important speech and press. The Roman Republic usually is told from the winner...

    (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...

    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....

    The Pope Who Would Be King is a history that reads like a novel. Author David Kertzer is interested in the personalities involved in his story, and how their characters shaped events. He has a broad range of contemporary accounts to work from that allow him to recreate actual conversat...

    You may not realize that you need to read this book - - but you do. Any of us living in the 21st Century have no idea what turmoil got us here. I never thought twice about Vatican City and what its history was but the world we live in now and the papacy we now know is nothing like ...

    You might have thought that the Divine Right theory of Kingship had died sometime in the Middle Ages. Actually it died with the pontificate of Pius the 9th in the 19th century. It was the destruction of the theocracy of the Papal States in the Revolutions of 1848 and the following unif...

    This is a wonderfully readable account of the short-lived Roman Republic of 1848-1849/50. On the surface, it is difficult to untangle the various intrigues and roles of world powers at the time of the Roman uprising. Kertzer, with his skill for clear and jargon-free writing, makes clea...

    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...

    This is a great book for a very narrow audience - history geeks and people interested in Catholic Church history. Pope Pius the 9th takes over in the mid 1800's. a time when liberalism and revolution are in the air across Europe. In Italy there is a move to establish a constitutional ...

    After visiting Rome, I was curious about the history behind the unification of modern-day Italy. The Pope Who Would Be King: The Exile of Pius IX and the Emergence of Modern Europe explained how Pope Pius IX lost control of Rome and the Papal States in the mid-1800s. At times I felt th...

    An excellent book about the first years of Pope Pius IX, the last pope to be both the spiritual leader of the Catholic Church and the temporal leader of the Papal States, or ?pope-king?. With the recent changes in some European governments to more representative forms with constitu...

    Fascinating history I really had no knowledge of. Very interesting as a backdrop to the declaration of the infallibility of the pope. Very discouraging when I consider how much political self-interest was involved in the assertion of Catholic dogma. Very grateful that the Church no lon...

    Excellent book about a period of history I know little about. Interesting how it foreshadows the 20th Century struggles and even the political situations of today. A little messy ending, but hey, that's history.... ...

    I now know the story of those times in Rome when Popes were getting to be more than popes ...

    In "The Pope Who Would be King", David Kertzer describes the tumultuous history of the Papal States in the late 1800's. More specifically, Kertzer shows how Pope Pius IX's problematic reign led to the eventual unification of Italy. I must have slept through the classes when the late 18...

    I got this book from a Goodreads Giveaway. The book was easy and fun t read. I love this era of history and this book gives a clear picture of the politics and personalities involved. ...

    3.5 ...

    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. ...

    ...

  • Darius Rips
    Jul 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...

    "The Pope who would be King" is tremendously entertaining and highly informative for a reader possessing a modest knowledge of the history of Italian Unification. The subject is the Roman Republic which was proclaimed on February 9, 1849 and suppressed by the French Army on July 2, 184...

    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...

    Kertzer brings us back to tumultuous times as the Roman Republic which was proclaimed and then suppressed in 1849. The papacy was turned on its head resulting in a loss of freedoms including two of the most important speech and press. The Roman Republic usually is told from the winner...

    (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...

    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....

    The Pope Who Would Be King is a history that reads like a novel. Author David Kertzer is interested in the personalities involved in his story, and how their characters shaped events. He has a broad range of contemporary accounts to work from that allow him to recreate actual conversat...

  • 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...

    "The Pope who would be King" is tremendously entertaining and highly informative for a reader possessing a modest knowledge of the history of Italian Unification. The subject is the Roman Republic which was proclaimed on February 9, 1849 and suppressed by the French Army on July 2, 184...

    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...

    Kertzer brings us back to tumultuous times as the Roman Republic which was proclaimed and then suppressed in 1849. The papacy was turned on its head resulting in a loss of freedoms including two of the most important speech and press. The Roman Republic usually is told from the winner...

    (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...

    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....

    The Pope Who Would Be King is a history that reads like a novel. Author David Kertzer is interested in the personalities involved in his story, and how their characters shaped events. He has a broad range of contemporary accounts to work from that allow him to recreate actual conversat...

    You may not realize that you need to read this book - - but you do. Any of us living in the 21st Century have no idea what turmoil got us here. I never thought twice about Vatican City and what its history was but the world we live in now and the papacy we now know is nothing like ...

    You might have thought that the Divine Right theory of Kingship had died sometime in the Middle Ages. Actually it died with the pontificate of Pius the 9th in the 19th century. It was the destruction of the theocracy of the Papal States in the Revolutions of 1848 and the following unif...

    This is a wonderfully readable account of the short-lived Roman Republic of 1848-1849/50. On the surface, it is difficult to untangle the various intrigues and roles of world powers at the time of the Roman uprising. Kertzer, with his skill for clear and jargon-free writing, makes clea...

    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...

    This is a great book for a very narrow audience - history geeks and people interested in Catholic Church history. Pope Pius the 9th takes over in the mid 1800's. a time when liberalism and revolution are in the air across Europe. In Italy there is a move to establish a constitutional ...

    After visiting Rome, I was curious about the history behind the unification of modern-day Italy. The Pope Who Would Be King: The Exile of Pius IX and the Emergence of Modern Europe explained how Pope Pius IX lost control of Rome and the Papal States in the mid-1800s. At times I felt th...

    An excellent book about the first years of Pope Pius IX, the last pope to be both the spiritual leader of the Catholic Church and the temporal leader of the Papal States, or ?pope-king?. With the recent changes in some European governments to more representative forms with constitu...

    Fascinating history I really had no knowledge of. Very interesting as a backdrop to the declaration of the infallibility of the pope. Very discouraging when I consider how much political self-interest was involved in the assertion of Catholic dogma. Very grateful that the Church no lon...

    Excellent book about a period of history I know little about. Interesting how it foreshadows the 20th Century struggles and even the political situations of today. A little messy ending, but hey, that's history.... ...

    I now know the story of those times in Rome when Popes were getting to be more than popes ...

    In "The Pope Who Would be King", David Kertzer describes the tumultuous history of the Papal States in the late 1800's. More specifically, Kertzer shows how Pope Pius IX's problematic reign led to the eventual unification of Italy. I must have slept through the classes when the late 18...

    I got this book from a Goodreads Giveaway. The book was easy and fun t read. I love this era of history and this book gives a clear picture of the politics and personalities involved. ...

    3.5 ...

    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. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • 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...

    "The Pope who would be King" is tremendously entertaining and highly informative for a reader possessing a modest knowledge of the history of Italian Unification. The subject is the Roman Republic which was proclaimed on February 9, 1849 and suppressed by the French Army on July 2, 184...

    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...

    Kertzer brings us back to tumultuous times as the Roman Republic which was proclaimed and then suppressed in 1849. The papacy was turned on its head resulting in a loss of freedoms including two of the most important speech and press. The Roman Republic usually is told from the winner...

    (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...

    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....

    The Pope Who Would Be King is a history that reads like a novel. Author David Kertzer is interested in the personalities involved in his story, and how their characters shaped events. He has a broad range of contemporary accounts to work from that allow him to recreate actual conversat...

    You may not realize that you need to read this book - - but you do. Any of us living in the 21st Century have no idea what turmoil got us here. I never thought twice about Vatican City and what its history was but the world we live in now and the papacy we now know is nothing like ...

    You might have thought that the Divine Right theory of Kingship had died sometime in the Middle Ages. Actually it died with the pontificate of Pius the 9th in the 19th century. It was the destruction of the theocracy of the Papal States in the Revolutions of 1848 and the following unif...

    This is a wonderfully readable account of the short-lived Roman Republic of 1848-1849/50. On the surface, it is difficult to untangle the various intrigues and roles of world powers at the time of the Roman uprising. Kertzer, with his skill for clear and jargon-free writing, makes clea...

    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...