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    • The Pope and Mussolini

    • The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe
    • By: David I. Kertzer
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 227
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 202
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 199

    From National Book Award finalist David I. Kertzer comes the gripping story of Pope Pius XI’s secret relations with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. This groundbreaking work, based on seven years of research in the Vatican and Fascist archives, including reports from Mussolini’s spies inside the highest levels of the Church, will forever change our understanding of the Vatican’s role in the rise of Fascism in Europe.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • It is not narrated well - the delivery does not keep it as captivating as this book should be

    • By Karina Inigo on 07-14-15

    Regular price: $31.50

    • The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara

    • By: David I. Kertzer
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      5 out of 5 stars 5
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      5 out of 5 stars 5

    Bologna, 1858: A police posse, acting on the orders of a Catholic inquisitor, invades the home of a Jewish merchant, Momolo Mortara, wrenches his crying six-year-old son from his arms, and rushes him off in a carriage bound for Rome. His mother is so distraught that she collapses and has to be taken to a neighbor's house, but her weeping can be heard across the city. With this terrifying scene - one that would haunt this family forever - David I. Kertzer begins his fascinating investigation of the dramatic kidnapping.

    Regular price: $31.50

    • The Pope Who Would Be King

    • By: David I. Kertzer
    • Narrated by: Will Damron
    • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 37

     

    David Kertzer is one of the world’s foremost experts on the history of Italy and the Vatican and has a rare ability to bring that history vividly to life. With a combination of gripping, cinematic storytelling and keen historical analysis, rooted in an unprecedented richness of archival sources, The Pope Who Would Be King sheds fascinating new light on the end of rule by divine right in the West and the emergence of modern Europe.  

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting perspective, somewhat confusing

    • By S. Jones on 05-25-18

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Prisoner of the Vatican

    • The Popes' Secret Plot to Capture Rome from the New Italian State
    • By: David I. Kertzer
    • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
    • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 54
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      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 21

    Based on a wealth of documents long buried in the Vatican archives, Prisoner of the Vatican tells the story of the Church's secret attempt to block the unification of Italy and seize control, not in ancient times, but in the late 19th century. For more than 50 years, the pope was a self-imposed prisoner within the Vatican walls, planning to flee Italy, to return only as the restored ruler of Rome and the Papal States.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A Slice of Italian History

    • By Simone on 11-05-12

    Regular price: $26.59

    • Die Entführung des Edgardo Mortara

    • Ein Kind in der Gewalt des Vatikan
    • By: David I. Kertzer
    • Narrated by: Sabrina Gander
    • Length: 17 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Bologna im Jahre 1858: Edgardo Mortara, der sechsjährige Sohn eines jüdischen Kaufmanns, wird von der Polizei entführt und von der Inquisition in ein römisches Kloster gebracht. Weil ein katholisches Hausmädchen behauptet hat, sie habe den Jungen getauft, soll er auf eine geistliche Laufbahn vorbereitet werden. Die Entführung des Edgardo Mortara war kein Einzelfall, aber diesmal löste die Skrupellosigkeit der Kirche internationale Proteste aus und leitete schließlich den Untergang der weltlichen Macht des Vatikans ein.

    Regular price: $13.77