Prisoner of the Vatican: The Popes' Secret Plot to Capture Rome from the New Italian State (Unabridged)
Written By: David I. Kertzer
Written By: Alan Sklar
Length:13 hours and 46 min.
Customer Rating :3.05
Based on a wealth of files long entombed in the Vatican archives, Prisoner of the Vatican tells the story of the Church's secret effort to block the unification of Italy and usurp control, perhaps not in ancient times, but in the late 19th century. For more than 50 years, the pope was a self-imposed prisoner within the Vatican walls, intending to flee Italy, to return just as the restored ruler of Rome and also the Papal States.
Kertzer provides to light an untold play played out among interesting characters: Pope Pius IX, the main pontiff in contemporary history; King Victor Emmanuel, functioning behind the backs of his own ministers; the dashing national hero Garibaldi; France's ill-starred Napoleon III, and many more.
Prisoner of the Vatican looks deep to the workings of the Church in its final bid to recover the pope's temporal strength. Kertzer sweeps viewers along side riveting, revelatory panache. No person who reads his new book will ever think of Italy, or the Vatican, in quite exactly the same way again.