The New View from Rome
Having outlived all but one of his electors, Leo eventually died on 20 July 1903. Tenacious of life to the end, his last illness prompted an eminent reporter to write: ‘My preparations to cover the final illness and death of Leo XIII lasted over ten years. ... Eventually the day came. Leo was ill for eighteen days, and for eighteen days I never went to bed. I think that if the Pope had lived even a little longer I would have died before him.’1 Leo would surely have savoured reading these words.
KeywordsAustrian Emperor Tacit Understanding Final Illness Familiar Brand Tive Alliance
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