and ambitions 37 year-old un-ordained monk rose to power in world
where no secular leader could challenge his power. Kings and
crowned princes became his liege-men. A mere deacon when he
was elected, Conti de Segni had to be rushed through ordination
into priesthood before he could be consecrated as pope. Like
Joseph Stalin, he ascended to power not because he was known for
his brilliance as a politicians, but because he was a natural
administrator with a keen eye for detail.
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would launch the most ambitious and devastating crusade of the era
- the fourth. He was a man who burned with an ambition to
bring Jerusalem under the control of the papacy. Toward the
end of his life he became ruthless and was willing to destroy
anyone who did not bend to his demands.