Absolute Power: How The Pope Became The Most Influential Man In The World
by Paul Collins
- Religious History, European History
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The pontiff supreme
In 1799, the papacy was at rock bottom: The Papal States had been swept away, Rome seized by revolutionary French armies, and cardinals scattered across Europe. But a remarkable turnabout was set to elevate the church and its supreme pontiff to untold heights.
Paul Collins charts this transformation, from the unexalted death of Pope Pius VI in 1799 to the celebrity of Pope Francis today. In a strange contradiction, as the papacy has lost its physical power—its armies and states—and remained stubbornly opposed to the currents of social and scientific consensus, it has only increased its influence and political authority.
Packed with intrigue, mystery, and betrayal, Absolute Power is a gripping narrative of religious and political history.
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|Release Date:||March 27, 2018|