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To Kidnap a Pope Reviews

To Kidnap a Pope by Ambrogio Caiani

To Kidnap a Pope: Napoleon and Pius VII

Ambrogio Caiani

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Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 6 Apr 2021
ISBN: 9780300251333

A groundbreaking account of Napoleon Bonaparte, Pope Pius VII, and the kidnapping that would forever divide church and state

4 stars out of 5
Mark Mazower
23 Apr 2021

"Ambrogio A Caiani tells of the dramatic encounter with Pius VII and the clash of principles they embodied that changed Catholicism and the modern world"

The writing was already on the wall for Napoleon. Pius VII was a changed man, frailer and much more conservative, but his major work had been done. The Concordat remained substantially intact even after the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy. Pius VII had not only helped the Church to survive its greatest test in modern times. He had changed it in the process, creating the combination of powerful Papacy and grassroots pilgrimage that would help Catholicism flourish in the age of mass politics.