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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 27 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.
©2006 R.A. Scotti (P)2006 Tantor Media Inc
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"A riveting portrtait of the papacy, complete with its triumphs, intrigue, and excesses." (Kirkus)
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By Margaret on 10-17-07

Spell binding

I was so sorry to have it end. Truly amazing. I ran for my pictures of St. Peter's to check out the details.

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By Thomas on 11-18-06

Superb!

The history of St. Peter's is so interesting, and this book presents it in a logical, interesting way. Great listening at the gym!

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