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

By R. A. Scotti

Plume Books, Paperback, 9780452288607, 315pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2007

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 the Author
R. A. ScotiB is the author of four novels and two previous nonfiction books, most recently the bestselling "Sudden Sea: The Great Hurricane of 1938,"

Praise For Basilica

[Scotti] . . . appreciates the epic quest and querulousness and leaves us wondering how anything of any merit ever gets designed, built, consecrated and celebrated. (The Providence Journal-Bulletin)