Frederick Rolfe

Frederick Rolfe, also known as Baron Corvo, was an English writer, artist, and eccentric, best known for his novel 'Hadrian the Seventh'. He was born on July 22, 1860, and died on October 25, 1913. Rolfe's work is characterized by his elaborate prose style and his often controversial exploration of the Catholic Church, in which he had an ongoing and complex relationship. His life was marked by financial instability and a series of conflicts with friends and patrons.


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  1. 1. Hadrian the Seventh

    "Hadrian the Seventh" is a novel about a failed Catholic priest, who after a series of unlikely events, becomes the Pope. The protagonist, a bitter and eccentric man, uses his newfound power to make radical changes in the Church, while also settling personal scores. The novel is known for its biting satire and unique exploration of the Catholic Church and papacy.