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Pompallier Prince of Bishops

- by E.R Simmons

In this *book Ernest Simmons sets out to unravel some of the tangled skeins of evidence about this prominent man, using hundreds of Pompallier's letters which have never before been consulted, as well as documents from the Vatican and many other sources.
What emerges is at once a facinating glimpse into the early history of New Zealand, international Church politics, and a carefully documented study of Pompallier as man and bishop. It is not a pious biography but an honest assessment of the man who, by any standards, was one of the most important and colourful figures in colonial New Zealand, and whose French aristocratic bearing led his comtemporaries to call him the prince of bishops!

* - now presented as a PDF file on CD