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Author Collins, Paul, author.

Title Absolute power : how the pope became the most influential man in the world / Paul Collins.

Edition First edition.
Publication Info. New York : PublicAffairs, 2018.
Location Call No. Status
 Nichols Adult Nonfiction  262.13 COL    AVAILABLE
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Description xv, 366 pages ; 25 cm
Summary In 1799, the papacy was at rock bottom: The Papal States had been swept away and Rome seized by the revolutionary French armies. With cardinals scattered across Europe and the next papal election uncertain, even if Catholicism survived, it seemed the papacy was finished. In this gripping narrative of religious and political history, Paul Collins tells the improbable success story of the last 220 years of the papacy, 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 in the world.
Subject Papacy -- History.
Popes -- Temporal power.
Roman question.
Vatican City -- History.
Papal States -- History -- 1815-1870.
ISBN 9781610398602
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