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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ...and of decoration, and because they threaten to collapse; because the churches of the cardinals, the spots blessed by so many martyrs, are deserted by those who hold their honors and titles from the very names of these martyrs, and are, therefore, under obligations to care for them. Now, without roofs, walls, or gates, these churches stand open, even to their altars, for grazing herds." This description is scarcely exaggerated. Vespasiano, the biographer of Eugene IV (1431-1447), says, concerning the year 1443: "During the absence of the Pope the city had become like a village of herdsmen. Sheep and cows roamed about the streets, even where now stand the city's banks and business places." The city began to resemble its neighboring Campagna. The hills were deserted, strewn with ruins, and the narrow. dirty streets in the lower part were largely unpaved. VV here to-day the Corso_ the most beautiful street in Rome, cuts through the city toward the Porta del Popolo, and where the ancient Romans erected their finest monuments, were gardens and swamps in which men hunted wild ducks. The Church of St. Peter, like other shrines, looked dilapidated and threatened to collapse. In the year 1447 Nicholas V, full of enthusiasm for science and art, ascended the Papal chair. "Vere he to become rich," he said, "he would spend his money for books and buildings." And he kept his word. All Rome, which, as that famous writer Vasari says, "he turned up side down," was to become an imperishable monument of the Church. At that time the city resembled a large building lot. Its walls were thereupon repaired, towers for defense were built, the bridges were renewed, almost all the stationchurches and more

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 435g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236864468
  • 9781236864468