Prisoner of the Vatican The Popes, the Kings, and Garibaldi's Rebels in the Struggle to Rule Modern Italy
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Description: David Kertzer"s absorbing history presents an astonishing account of the birth of modern Italy and the clandestine politics behind the Vatican"s last stand in the battle between church and the newly created Italian state. Taking advantage of a wealth of secret documents long buried in the Vatican archives, Prisoner of the Vatican begins by looking at the embattled Pius IX. When Italy"s armies seized the Holy City and claimed it for the Italian capital, the pope, outraged, retreated to the Vatican and declared himself a prisoner, calling on foreign powers to force the Italians out of Rome. The action set in motion decades of political intrigues, little known until now, that hinged on such fascinating characters as Garibaldi, Napoleon III, and Chancellor Bismarck. No one who reads this eye-opening book will ever think of Italy, or the Vatican, in quite the same way again.
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Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 2/20/2006
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
He is a professor anthropology & history at Brown University. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.