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Staff Pick of the Week: “Basilica: The Splendor and the Scandal” by R. A. Scotti


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“Fascinating history reveals how the world’s most glorious house of worship emerged from decades of trial and scandal. The construction of St. Peter’s Basilica spanned 120 years (1506–1626) and the reign of 27 popes. Scotti (Sudden Sea, 2003) argues convincingly that the project prompted Martin Luther to launch the Protestant Reformation, nearly bankrupted the Catholic Church and threatened to sink the papacy. But it ultimately produced one of humanity’s most wondrous artistic achievements and revived the glory of Rome . . . In Scotti’s capable hands, the story of St. Peter’s becomes a riveting portrait of the papacy, complete with its triumphs, intrigue and excesses.” (Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2006)

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