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Prisoner of the Vatican - The Popes' Secret Plot to Capture Rome from the New Italian State

David I. Kertzer

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Genres:

History

Description:

Based on a wealth of documents long buried in the Vatican archives, Prisoner of the Vatican tells the story of the Church's secret attempt to block the unification of Italy and seize control - not in ancient times, but in the late nineteenth century. For more than fifty years, the pope was a self-imposed prisoner within the Vatican walls, planning to flee Italy, to return only as the restored ruler of Rome and the Papal States. The scheme to dismantle the newborn Italian nation involved not only the cardinals and the Curia but also attempts to exploit the rivalries among France, Germany, Austria, Spain, and England. Kertzer brings to light an untold drama played out among fascinating characters: Pope Pius IX, the most important pontiff in modern history; King Victor Emmanuel, working behind the backs of his own ministers; the dashing national hero Garibaldi; France's ill-starred Napoleon III, and many more. During this time, Italy was besieged from within and without, and Church history changed forever when the pope was declared infallible for the first time. Prisoner of the Vatican looks deep into the workings of the Church in its final bid to regain the pope's temporal power. Kertzer sweeps readers along with riveting, revelatory panache. No one who reads his new book will ever think of Italy, or the Vatican, in quite the same way again.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Alan Sklar

Length:

13h 37m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

23:12


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

33:27


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

31:09


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

46:47


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

21:35


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

35:34


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

34:23


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

42:12


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

26:31


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

40:25


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

40:56


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

01:01:46


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

57:31


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

51:38


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

20:56


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

18:08


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

44:28


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

26:36


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

53:26


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

38:24


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

40:09


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

27:51


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

00:42