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Basilica: The Splendor and the Scandal: Building St. Peter's

R. A. Scotti

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ISBN 10: 1400132347 / ISBN 13: 9781400132348
Published by Tantor Audio, 2006
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Title: Basilica: The Splendor and the Scandal: ...

Publisher: Tantor Audio

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Audio CD

Book Condition:Good

Edition: Library - Unabridged CD.

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It was the splendor-and the scandal-of the age. In 1506, the ferociously ambitious Renaissance Pope Julius II tore down the most sacred shrine in Europe-the millennium-old St. Peter's Basilica built by the Emperor Constantine over the apostle's grave-to build a better basilica. Construction of the new St. Peter's spanned two centuries, embroiled twenty-seven popes, and consumed the genius of the greatest artists of the age-Michaelangelo, Bramante, Raphael, and Bernini. The cost of building the new cathedral was costly in more than just monetary terms-the new basilica provoked the Protestant Reformation, dividing the Christian world for all time.

In this swift, colorful narrative, R. A. Scotti brings to life the artists and the popes, the politics and the passions behind this audacious enterprise. Scotti turns sacred architecture into a spellbinding human epic of enormous daring, petty jealousy, and staggering genius.

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R. A. Scotti is the author of two previous works of nonfiction, including Sudden Sea: The Great Hurricane of 1938. She has also written four novels. She lives in New York City.

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