Rome: A History in Seven Sackings

By Matthew Kneale
"Kneale's account is a masterpiece of pacing and suspense. Characters from the city's history spring to life in his hands." --The Sunday Times (London)

Novelist and historian Matthew Kneale, a longtime resident of Rome, tells the story of the Eternal City--from the early Roman Republic through the Renaissance and the Reformation to Mussolini and the German occupation in World War Two--through pivotal moments that defined its history.

Rome, the Eternal City. It is a hugely popular tourist destination with a rich history, famed for such sites as the Colosseum, the Forum, the Pantheon, St. Peter's, and the Vatican. In no other city is history as present as it is in Rome. Today visitors can stand on bridges that Julius Caesar and Cicero crossed; walk around temples in the footsteps of emperors; visit churches from the earliest days of Christianity.

This is all the more remarkable considering what the city has endured over the centuries. It has been ravaged by fires, floods, earthquakes, and--most of all--by roving armies. These have invaded repeatedly, from ancient times to as recently as 1943. Many times Romans have shrugged off catastrophe and remade their city anew.

Matthew Kneale uses seven of these crisis moments to create a powerful and captivating account of Rome's extraordinary history. He paints portraits of the city before each assault, describing what it looked like, felt like, smelled like and how Romans, both rich and poor, lived their everyday lives. He shows how the attacks transformed Rome--sometimes for the better. With drama and humor he brings to life the city of Augustus, of Michelangelo and Bernini, of Garibaldi and Mussolini, and of popes both saintly and very worldly. He shows how Rome became the chaotic and wondrous place it is today. Rome: A History in Seven Sackings offers a unique look at a truly remarkable city.



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"Anyone who's visiting Rome and wants an idea of the ghosts and stories lurking among the ruins could choose no better read."--Louis Cheslaw "Condé Nast Traveler "
"Rome: A History in Seven Sackings is that rarest of treats: an erudite history that reads like a page-turner. With a novelist's eye for the revealing detail, and the genial grace of your favorite tour guide, Matthew Kneale plunges us into the fascinating palimpsest they call the Eternal City. Magnificently entertaining all around!"--Maria Semple, author of Today Will Be Different and Where'd You Go, Bernadette
"Like most very old and very storied cities, Rome has as many scars as trophies.This hard reality is the guiding genius of Matthew Kneale's absorbing new book. . . . [Rome's] long, uneven, colorful history feels new when it's examined this way, through its defeats instead of its victories."--Steve Donoghue "Christian Science Monitor "
"Kneale's account is a masterpiece of pacing and suspense. Characters from the city's history spring to life in his hands."--Peter Thonemann "The Sunday Times (London) "



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Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publish date 05/28/2019
Pages 432
ISBN-13 9781501191114
ISBN-10 150119111X
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