Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Two Hundred Fifty-fourth Pope: Gregory XVI - 4 comments

Gregory was a super-conservative. He fought against gas lamps and railroads in the Papal States, calling them "Roads of Hell."* His Luddite efforts weren't based on any technological fear, however - he knew that growth in commerce would strengthen the power of Europe's liberal bourgeoisie.

He wrote an encyclical against slavery in 1839, looks almost directed at pre-Civil War America.

Gregory ruled from 1831 to 1846.

*In french this rhymes with "Iron Road," so apparently the Pope thought this was a good joke.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

discovered this site by accident toward the end of a compulsive, exhaustive google search of "Francis Bacon" -- and i normally seem to be too reticent to post comments -- but your images are too insanely great not to acknowledge, i've downloaded about fifty of them and they blow up even better on a full screen, so thx

Tuesday, 10 July, 2007  
Blogger matt kirkland said...

thanks, Anon!

Tuesday, 10 July, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He looks like he's dancing to Stayin' Alive. That rocks.

Thursday, 12 July, 2007  
Blogger The Tilted Tulip said...

My thoughts exactly, dani!

Wednesday, 18 July, 2007  

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