Basilica by R. A. Scotti audiobook

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

By R. A. Scotti
Read by Josephine Bailey

Tantor Audio

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200147885

  • ISBN: 9798200147878

  • ISBN: 9798200147892

Runtime: 8.22 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A fair and fascinating examination of splendorous and scandalous events. Scotti is a dramatic storyteller.” National Review
“Absorbing. A fascinating tale of genius, power, and money.” Publishers Weekly

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Author

Author Bio: R. A. Scotti

Author Bio: R. A. Scotti

R. A. Scotti is the author of three previous works of nonfiction, including Basilica: The Splendor and the Scandal–Building St. Peter’s and Sudden Sea: The Great Hurricane of 1938, and four novels. She lives in New York City.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 8.22
Audience: Adult
Language: English