to Hildebrand: An Historical Tragedy founded upon
the life and character of the great Pope Gregory VII.
who, as Gregory VII., was perhaps the greatest of all
the Popes, was one of the strongest personalities in
European history. Few men have had so powerful and so
enduring an influence on the spiritual and social conditions
of the modern world as he has had.
This tragedy grew out of the
author’s admiration for the great and dauntless
spirit of the man, whose famous answer, “I am
Rome”—flung back, in his lonely banishment,
at those who would have had him temporize with Henry
of Germany, so that he might, at least, die in Rome—is
one of the greatest rebukes to “compromise”
in all history [Page 253].