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To Kidnap a Pope: Napoleon and Pius VII by Ambrogio A. Caiani

Yale University Press, US$32.50 hb, 369 pp

Mano a mano

Napoleon and the papacy
by
May 2021, no. 431

To kidnap one pope might be regarded as unfortunate; to kidnap two looks like a pattern of abusive behaviour. Ambrogio A. Caiani tells the story of Napoleon’s second papal hostage-taking: an audacious 1809 plot to whisk Pius VII (1742–1823) from Rome in the dead of night and to break his stubborn resolve through physical isolation and intrusive surveillance.

Miles Pattenden reviews 'To Kidnap a Pope: Napoleon and Pius VII' by Ambrogio A. Caiani

To Kidnap a Pope: Napoleon and Pius VII

by Ambrogio A. Caiani

Yale University Press, US$32.50 hb, 369 pp

Buy this book

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