City of Echoes: A New History of Rome, Its Popes, and Its People

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6.06 X 9.06 X 1.5 inches | 1.54 pounds

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About the Author
Jessica Wärnberg is a historian of the religious and political history of Europe, focusing on the History of Art (Courtauld Institute), Cultural and Intellectual History (Warburg Institute), and Modern History, in which she holds a PhD from the University of St Andrews, Scotland). In Rome, Jessica has worked extensively in the archives of the Vatican, the Jesuits, and the Holy Office of the Inquisition. She has written about popes, princes, inquisitors, and the Jesuits for History Today and the Catholic Herald. Jessica has received multiple recognitions for her work, including fellowships at the British School at Rome (British Academy), the Society for Renaissance Studies, and election as a Permanent Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. She now lives in London.
Praise for Jessica Wärnberg's City of Echoes:
"Wärnberg is brilliant."--Dan Snow, historian and podcast host
"A tremendous, engrossing, and illuminating history of papal Rome. City of Echoes is a must-read for everyone with an interest in the Eternal City."--Angus Robertson, author of Crossroads of Civilization: A History of Vienna
"City of Echoes is a sweeping journey through the intertwined history of the city of Rome and the popes from the earliest Christian times till today. It's wonderfully readable and thoroughly enjoyable."--Philip Freeman, author of Hannibal, Alexander the Great, and Julius Caesar
"Wärnberg provides a worthwhile account examining the many "layers of legend" about this ancient city. Wärnberg is at her best during the Renaissance period, when "the papacy and the Church had become a state-like institution: organized, largely self-sufficient, and recognized by political powers." Wärnberg's mildly upbeat conclusion affirms that both Rome and the papacy remain inextricably entwined despite their diminished roles and that recent popes have exerted a positive influence. A useful resource for students of Christian history and papal aficionados."--Kirkus Reviews
"This marvellous and original study offers us Rome in all its beauty, depravity and resilience. The history of papal power is never better explained, as successive Popes struggled with temporal power, contested ecclesiastical authority and the looming shadow of the legacy of ancient Rome. An excellent read that will reshape our perceptions of how the modern Vatican state came to be."--Andrew Pettegree, author of The Library: A Fragile History
"Serious, exactingly-researched history, with all the gripping intensity of a rattling good yarn. Filled with intriguing and unexpected facts, City of Echoes conjures up some superb images. Jessica Wärnberg shows us how the truth can be be even more exciting than any Dan Brown yarn."--Paul Strathern, author of The Borgias, The Medici, and The Other Renaissance
"The book's strength is its range, from St. Peter in the first century all the way to Pope Francis today. Wärnberg is especially good on the early years, when Christianity and the papacy emerged under the shadow of a hostile imperial Rome. The story of how popes became leading actors is well told."--The Economist
"Telling the history of Rome over nearly 2,000 years through the deeds (and misdeeds) of the Popes of the Roman Catholic Church is more than just a beautiful conceit. Jessica Wärnberg has written a deeply informative book that never fails to entertain, unearthing facts that make The Da Vinci Code read like children's lit."--Air Mail
"Historian Wärnberg debuts with an insightful study of the papacy and its influence over the city of Rome. Throughout this accessible and scrupulous account, Wärnberg demonstrates how the legacy of the papacy has become inextricably linked with the city of Rome. The result is a valuable contribution to the history of both Rome and Catholicism."--Publisher's Weekly