The New View from Rome
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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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