Basilica by R. A. Scotti
The Splendor and the Scandal: Building St. Peter's

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In this dramatic journey through religious and artistic history, R. A. Scotti traces the defining event of a glorious epoch: the building of St. Peter?s Basilica. Begun by the ferociously ambitious Pope Julius II in 1506, the endeavor would span two tumultuous centuries, challenge the greatest Renaissance masters?Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bramante?and enrage Martin Luther. By the time it was completed, Shakespeare had written all of his plays, the Mayflower had reached Plymouth?and Rome had risen with its astounding basilica to become Europe?s holy metropolis. A dazzling portrait of human achievement and excess, Basilica is a triumph of historical writing.


 

About R. A. Scotti

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R. A. Scoti>B is the author of four novels and two previous nonfiction books, most recently the bestselling Sudden Sea: The Great Hurricane of 1938.
 
Published May 29, 2007 by Plume. 336 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Arts & Photography, Travel, Professional & Technical, Education & Reference, Business & Economics, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The construction of St. Peter’s Basilica spanned 120 years (1506–1626) and the reign of 27 popes.

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Entertainment Weekly

Basilica (2006) What with runaway building costs, corrupt officials, and 162 years of work, St. Peter's Basilica was the ultimate government construction job.

Jun 16 2006 | Read Full Review of Basilica: The Splendor and th...

Boston.com

A new book crossed my desk this week: "The Rejection Collection: Cartoons You Never Saw, and Never Will See, in the New Yorker," edited by New Yorker cartoonist Matthew Diffee and published by Simon & Schuster.

Sep 29 2006 | Read Full Review of Basilica: The Splendor and th...

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