Cardinal Giacomo Antonelli and Papal Politics in European Affairs

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SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1990 - Religion - 299 pages
Coppa provides the first full-length study of Giacomo Antonelli, friend and advisor to Pope Pius IX (Pio Nono) and his Secretary of State and chief minister from 1849 to 1876. Based on the documents of the secret Vatican Archives, and neglected family papers in the State Archive in Rome, the book gives an important reevaluation of this key diplomatic figure, separating the man from the myth and delving into his character and policies.

The book examines both the personality and policies of the Cardinal, who was seen to be the Pope s Richelieu and Mazarin combined. Confronting the polemical literature which has charged him with sexual misconduct and venality, the study examines his early formation and career, the inspiration for his European policies, his relationship to Pio Nono, and the part he played in the Counter-Risorgimento and the Papal reaction. By improving our understanding of Papal, Italian, and European developments during these crucial decades, this study provides new insights into Rome s fortress mentality and its rejection of the main currents that were transforming western life currents that influenced not only the Catholic Church but European society as a whole.
 

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Contents

The Myth
1
The Antonelli Family
9
Giacomo Conquers Rome
23
Chapter Four Antonelli Accompanies Pio Nono on
35
The First
47
Chapter Six The Cardinal Confronts the Revolution
57
Chapter Seven Architect of the Conservative Restoration
73
Chapter Eight The Quiet Before the Storm
87
Chapter Eleven The Troubled 1860s
129
Chapter Twelve The Infallible Pope and His Fallible
145
Chapter Thirteen The Fall of Rome and After
155
Prisoner in the Vatican
169
Villain of the Risorgimento
183
Notes
197
Bibliography
245
Index
295

Chapter Nine The Cardinal Between the Intrigues
101
Chapter Ten Antonelli Confronts Italian Unification
115

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Frank J. Coppa is Professor of History at St. Johns University.

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