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The History of the Popes, From the Close of the Middle Ages, Volume XL

by Ludwig von Pastor, E. F. Peeler (Editor)

Series: History of the Popes (Volume 40)

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1561 The History of the Popes (Volume XL) From the German of the Late Ludwig, Freiherr von Pastor, translated by E. F. Peeler (read 19 Apr 1980) At 6:15 A.M. today I completed a project I began about 10 Sept 1959--little did I know, when I began reading Pastor's monumental work on that date that over 20 years would lapse before I finished! I had read the first 20 volumes (up through Gregory XIII's death in 1585) by Feb 2, 1960. About 14 March 1960 I resumed and by August 1960 I was through Volume 32 (up through Innocent XII's death in 1700). Then I did not resume till February 1980 and now I have finished Volume 40. I am very glad I did--it is probably the only 40 volume work I'll read in my lifetime. Actually, deducting the breaks, it only took about a year. Volume 40 tells of the last ten years of the reign of Pius VI, including his dolorous exile and death. On Feb 20, 1798, he left Rome "unnoticed," in a carriage, attended only by some French officers in another carriage. In five days he was at Siena. He was there three months. On May 26, 1798, he went to the Villa Pozziarello, then to the Torre Fiorentina. On July 1 he went to a Carthusian monastery near Florence. On March 28, 1799, he was carried in a carriage and went to Maschera, then to Bologna, Modena, Reggio, and Parma, where he rested for a few days. On April 14 he left Borgo San Domnino. Eventually he reached Valence on July 14, where he died Aug 29, 1799. His was the longest reign up to that time since St. Peter's. The last paragraph in the book tells of the election of the new Pope, Pius VII. ( )
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