Saint Pius V: The Legendary Pope Who Excommunicated Queen Elizabeth I, Standardized the Mass, and Defeated the Ottoman Empire
Over decades, University of Rome professor Roberto de Mattei has produced a wealth of incisive analyses about the Catholic world’s collapse and charted an authoritative path back to health and sanity. He has now written a compelling and powerful biography of Pope Pius V, widely recognized as one of the boldest and most courageous popes of the past millennium, who decisively defeated the Ottoman Turks at the Battle of Lepanto and fought head-on the Protestant Reformation, which had assailed the Church. The life of every Christian is a battle, and St. Pius V offers us a luminous example of leadership in a time of trial. In these pages, you’ll learn:
- How the “Revolution of Luther” was met with a papal shrug—that is, until Pius V became pope
- Why St. Pius V’s no-compromise approach toward both the Renaissance and Humanist corruption preserved the Church
- The role inquisitions played in the time of Pope Pius V and what they enabled him to accomplish
- How St. Pius V dealt with stray bishops and how his rebukes and mandates led to meaningful reform of both their lives and the Church
Professor de Mattei makes clear that Pope Pius V was so effective and so holy that no pontificate can be judged without measuring it against his. Here, at last, is the complete life and times of one of the Church’s greatest prelates by one of her finest historians.