Britain and the Papacy in the Age of Revolution, 1846-1851: 34 - Royal Historical Society Studies in History New Series (Hardback)Saho Matsumoto-Best (author)
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Integrating diplomatic, political, ecclesiastical and social history, Saho Matsumoto-Best traces the factors that brought these two traditionally hostile powers together and the reasons why this rapprochement was doomed to failure. She demonstrates how the desire to support constitutional government in Italy and to curb the activities of the Irish Catholic church led the government of Lord John Russell to build a close relationship with Pius IX, and how failure to understand the Vatican's priorities and anti-papal and anti-Catholic feeling in Britain, particularly in the context of the restoration of the Catholic hierarchy in 1850, eventually destroyed this policy.
This study is an important and original contribution to the current debate about the nature of mid nineteenth century-Britain and sheds new light on the British role in Italian unification. It will also be of great interest to students of nineteenth-century European international and ecclesiastical history, and of the 1848 revolutions.
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Number of pages: 210
Weight: 642 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 19 mm
An excellent treatment of an important chapter in post-reformation Catholic history. RECUSANT HISTORY
A well-researched, readable, and interesting study which really does say something new. MODERN ITALY
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