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Imprimatur é um thriller histórico apaixonante, de grande intensidade detectivesca, que veio agitar o universo literário europeu pelo efeito sísmico que as suas revelações – corroboradas por documentos históricos – produziram. Esta obra lança uma nova luz sobre a nossa visão de um dos séculos mais ricos da história da Europa, e sobre as personalidades de muitos daqueles qu ...more
Paperback, 608 pages
Published April 28th 2006 by Editorial Presença (first published August 2002)
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Harry Allagree
Aug 19, 2013 Harry Allagree rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Throughout this very lengthy, but absolutely intriguing novel, I couldn't figure out why this book had been banned in Rome. Sure, it deals with Innocent XI whom it took centuries to finally get beatified, and sure, despite the consistency of historians of the Papacy in depicting him as a simple, humble, saintly figure, he obviously had a few flaws. After 500 or so pages, I just couldn't figure out why it'd been banned. Until...the Addendum, the Notes, & the other historical documents at the ...more
Al Bità
Feb 27, 2010 Al Bità rated it it was ok
This book was apparently popular in Europe. Its initial boycotting in Italy no doubt added to its popularity. Set in Rome in the late seventeenth century it deals with the events of nine days in that city, when a number of strangers are quarantined in an Inn. The motley group potentially holds spies, maybe assassins, etc, and as the events unfold there is more than an innuendo that the Church was very much involved in shady and undercover political operations.

As I am very much aware that the dar
Irene Soldatos
Mar 04, 2013 Irene Soldatos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a difficult book to rate. And it wasn't an easy book to read, either. If you're all for fast-paced action, this isn't for you. This unfolds slowly, with a great deal of mystery, and a great deal of attention to historical detail. I read it slowly, but I enjoyed reading it. Up until the last 100 pages or so, that is. Since the book is huge, a 100 pages from the end is practically nothing. But the thing is that, by that point, I was already tad disappointed. The mystery (for me) had been ...more
Jan 02, 2011 Ben rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was hard to read this book. Pages would be devoted to obscure history lessons and conjecture, as if the authors had returned from the library determined to show off everything they've read.

While there is a detective type story at the heart of the book, it is simply surrounded by too much other stuff (junk) to make for an enjoyable read.

Perhaps this book would only be enjoyable for those that truly believe the Church can do no wrong. Then, the allegations contained within might make for a more
Did the banker Pope Innocent XI (Benedetto Odescalchi, 1611-1689) finance the Protestant William of Orange's invasion of England, also known as the Glorious Revolution of 1688, to stick it to Louis XIV? The historiographical and archival research behind this claim is appended to the novel, a mystery set in Rome beginning on the night of September 11, 1683, the day the Turks were finally turned back from the gates of Vienna (though the characters anxiously await news of the battle's outcome throu ...more
Mar 12, 2013 Twy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first book of the series by Monaldi and Sorti has an interesting publishing history as it was not appreciated by the Catholic church in Italy. An engaging mystery, and as with Secretum, the characters actually existed, with the exception of the narrator in the two books so far published. A tight close read which leads one into interesting, historical spaces in Rome and a study into the politics of the 17th century preceding the second book. It is not a fast read, or you will miss something i ...more
Ana Petrina
Mar 10, 2010 Ana Petrina rated it really liked it
That is what I call a mystery novel!
A great mix of history, facts, nuanced characters, murder and betrayal, truth and lies. I was amused the whole time, I learned a great deal on history of France and the catholic church and I could almost smell the sewers and catacombs of old Rome!
I can't wait to read the other two books in the series!
Πάνος Τουρλής
Ρώμη, 1683. Ο μυστηριώδης θάνατος ενός Γάλλου ευγενούς θα σταθεί αφορμή ώστε οι ένοικοι του πανδοχείου του Ντοντσέλο να τεθούν σε αυστηρή καραντίνα, υπό τον φόβο μιας νέας επιδημίας πανούκλας, η οποία ήδη θέριζε στην Ευρώπη. Ταυτόχρονα, στην πολιορκούμενη Βιέννη, οι Τούρκοι είναι έτοιμοι να επιτεθούν και να κατεδαφίσουν τα τείχη που τους εμποδίζουν να ξεχυθούν στη χριστιανική Ευρώπη. Οι ένοικοι του πανδοχείου συνθέτουν ένα μωσαϊκό όλων των κυρίαρχων θρησκευτικών και φιλοσοφικών ρευμάτων της εποχ ...more
Ένα ιστορικό μυθιστόρημα μαζί με ιστορία μυστηρίου που διαδραματίζεται στην Ρώμη γύρω στο 1683 σε ένα πανδοχείο κοντά στην πλατεία Ναβόνα. Πολλά ιστορικά στοιχεία που αποδεικνύουν πως οι συγγραφείς δούλεψαν πολύ για να τα συγκεντρώσουν και να γράψουν το βιβλίο. Ξεκινά με το τέχνασμα ενός κληρικού που γράφει αρκετούς αιώνες αργότερα σε έναν άλλο που θα εξετάσει το θέμα αγιοποίησης του πάπα Ιννοκεντίου ΙΑ και του στέλνει το χειρόγραφο του παραγιού του πανδοχείου.

Πολλά πρόσωπα, πολλές δολοπλοκίες κ
J'ai un peu de peine à ne donner que 2 étoiles à ce livre... Je lui en aurais bien donné une troisième, si seulement je m'étais un peu plus amusée à la lecture. L'intrigue pourtant est prometteuse, et l'érudition des auteurs n'est pas en faute. Au contraire, c'est peut-être l'ambition de ce livre qui le rend un peu indigeste; il y a en effet au moins trois livres dans ce roman…

Premier livre: le roman historique, qui est plutôt bien servi. La langue sonne juste, les détails sont travaillés avec a
Jul 21, 2013 Panagiotis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Το βιβλίο πάτησε πάνω σε μια από πολύ καιρό παραμελημένη αλλά όχι ξεχασμένη χορδή μου. Η αγάπη μου για τη Ιστορία ξεκίνησε από πολύ μικρός (το σχολείο δεν έκανε τίποτα για να την ενισχύσει), ειδικότερα εστίασα να μάθω τι οδήγησε στην ειρήνη της Βεστφαλίας (1648) που λίγο πολύ καθόρισε τα σημερινά σύνορα των κρατών της Ευρώπης καθώς και τις σφαίρες επιρροής τους.
Η βασιλεία του Λουδοβίκου ΙΔήταν καθοριστική για τη Γαλλία καθώς και για όλη την Ευρώπη για το τρόπο που άσκησε την εξωτερική πολιτική τ
Mar 10, 2016 Tucker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished, eunuch
Nothing so delightful as a eunuch on adventure! Atto Melani in Imprimatur, posted to Disruptive Dissertation

I am a big fan of the Latinate vocabulary and word play, especially given the challenge of translation from the original Italian into English. Bravo.
La Stamberga dei Lettori
Primo romanzo di una serie di thriller storici, in sette volumi, basato sulla figura di Atto Melani, cantante castrato in gioventù e, successivamente, spia al soldo del Re Luigi XIV.

I titoli avrebbero dovuto (o dovrebbero, ancora non si conosce la sorte dei seguiti progettati) comporre la frase latina "IMPRIMATUR SECRETUM VERITAS MISTERIUM UNICUM ... ...". Le ultime due parole, che sveleranno il senso di tutta la saga, saranno rese note solo alla pubblicazione degli ultimi due volumi. Ogni roman
Massimiliano Mancini
Libro straordinario, narrazione fluente e coinvolgente, molto curata e raffinata.

Una serie di incredibili intrighi e dubbi storicamente basati che intrecciano le vicende di un papa a cui questo libro ha fatto perdere l'opportunità di essere canonizzato.

Triller, intrighi, spie, che si snodano nei sotterranei della Roma travolta dalla peste mentre gli ottomani stanno per conquistare l'Europa alle porte di Vienna.

Peccato che sia stato boicottato in Italia e che gli autori, coniugi italiani cattoli
Ivana Split
May 24, 2016 Ivana Split rated it it was ok
I bought Imprimatur by Rita Monaldi and Francesco Sorti a while back, but totally forgot about it. I discovered and read it last month. I wouldn't go so far as calling it a page-turner but it was an interesting book to read. The fact that the authors did a lot of reasearch before publishing this novel was obvious but they could have done a better job presenting their finds. Long story short, it is an enjoyable read but it lacks dept. What Monaldi & Sorti wrote is not a bad book, but in opini ...more
Feb 29, 2016 M.Eloisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Libro scritto in modo banale, con gran sfoggio di erudizione (da sempre la sensazione che dica "Guardatemi, abbiamo studiato un sacco!!") spesso messa a caso rompendo il ritmo. Un romanzo storico è difficile da costruire non tanto o non solo per la trama, ma per rendere viva l'ambientazione scelta, e non uno stucchevole manuale di Storia poco approfondito.
Fino all'ultimo non ho compreso il grande scandalo su questo libro, nè ricordavo le polemiche (quelle sul "Codice da Vinci" me le ricordo tut
Silvia Marcaurelio
Questo libro è stato un caso per moltissimo tempo. E’ stato dato alle stampe molto tempo fa, nel 2002 dalla Mondadori, ma non ha avuto nessuna promozione. Anzi, sembrerebbe che, nonostante le molte vendite, alla casa editrice, sia stata imposta una sorta di ordine di non parlare di Imprimatur. Le recensioni sono state poche e addirittura Il Giornale lo stroncò in pieno, più per le accuse contro Papa Innocenzo XI, che per la storia in sé. Poi non se ne è saputo più nulla, nonostante le molte copi ...more
Iv Modrić
Oct 26, 2014 Iv Modrić rated it it was ok
If you expect an easy to read book with a certain baroque feel to it, hard to believe conspiracies which claim to be true by the frame story, and interesting yet unworked and somehow mysterious characters this is the book for you.

There isn't much I would praise so I'm going to go ahead and point elements of the book I didn't like: First of all, a lot of things are left unexplained and some characters motives are rather weak, but if I got into it I had to write a larger part of this so-called rev
E. Chainey (Bookowski)
Oct 18, 2013 E. Chainey (Bookowski) marked it as to-read
Okuma listemde olan bu roman ile birlikte gelen CD müthiş. Müzikler harika bayıldım. Paylaşmanın bir yolunu bulursam isteyenlerle de paylaşırım :))
Apr 03, 2016 Serge rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
De plot is goed, erg goed zelfs. Maar de hele uitwerking vind ik nogal langdradig. Vooral die nogal vergezochte inleiding en vooral het veel te uitgebreide addendum en noten die je wel moet lezen om het geheel te begrijpen. Ik snap de bedoeling van de schrijvers wel maar het maakte me niet enthousiast om verder te lezen (dit was dan ook al de 3de keer dat ik er aan begon).
De omschrijvingen van de samenstelling van medicijnen of de gerechten die het knechtje klaar maakt (en die soms meer dan een
icaro un po' stretto in verità. Il racconto è molto dotto e accurato. Paga lo scotto del can can (piccolo) che ne ha fatto un libro semi-maledetto. Nel libro non c'è alcuna rivelazione (né sensazionalistica, né banale): temo si sia trattato della solita operazione mediatica per vendere di più. Mah!
Un po' stretto, il voto, ma non del tutto: se l'accuratezza è una dote che apprezzo in un romanzo storico, per farne un "giallo" occorre anche investire sulla tensione. In questo caso una struttura n
Feb 13, 2015 Soho_black rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, used-to-own
My history teacher at school would be stunned to see the number of historical fiction books I've been reading recently. He would be even more surprised to discover that I've mostly enjoyed them. Whilst I've always loved reading, history was a subject for which I showed great ineptitude and disinterest in my younger years. How times change.

Strangely for a historical novel, ''Imprimatur'' starts in 2040, with a letter from a Bishop to a contact in the Vatican, discussing how the manuscript we are
Aug 17, 2009 Mazel rated it liked it
Des documents sensationnels découverts dans les archives du Vatican. Un secret datant de plusieurs siècles enfin révélé.

Publié au printemps 2002 en Italie et en Hollande, le grand thriller historique de Monaldi et Sorti est entré immédiatement sur la liste des best-sellers. Juste succès pour ce roman qui a demandé aux auteurs plus de dix ans de recherches dans les bibliothèques et archives d'une bonne partie de l'Europe.

L'histoire est passionnante et riche d'enseignements sur les intrigues des
Feb 10, 2011 Lucinda rated it liked it
This book was given to me as a Christmas present by Adèle. She specifically wanted to give me some historical fiction.

so on page 102 and things have gotten incredibly complex - i am worried I will not be able to keep up with all the twists and turns for the next 500 pages.
this book is a mystery middle ages detective story set in Rome in the late 17th century. A group of people at an inn are quarantined when one of their bunch mysteriously dies. With this part of europe nervously waiting to find
Ingrid Verschelling
Apr 12, 2013 Ingrid Verschelling rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, roman, thriller
Na een berichtje van Robert, dat het cadeau bij de maand van het spannende boek in 2011 wordt geschreven door het echtpaar Monaldi en Sorti, ben ik eens op onderzoek gegaan naar dit echtpaar, want ze waren bij mij geheel onbekend. In de pers werd hun eerste boek vergeleken met 'De naam van de roos' van Umberto Eco en kreeg vier sterren in de Detective- en Thrillergids van de VN, dus redenen genoeg voor dit boek om op mijn nog te lezen-lijstje terecht te komen. Robert was erg te spreken over dit ...more
Dec 05, 2014 Jdu FFH rated it did not like it
Shelves: mediterraan
Dit is één van de meest teleurstellende boeken die ik ooit heb gelezen. Ik verwachtte geen wereldschokkende literaire ervaring, maar wel een spannende thriller met de nodige diepgang. Monaldi & Sorti dachten die diepgang voor elkaar te krijgen door te strooien met tenenkrommend veel Latijnse spreuken en historische personages. Spanning moet komen van het feit dat het grootste deel van het boek zich onder de grond afspeelt. Bij elkaar wordt het zo iets potsierlijks dat ik echt heb moeten door ...more
Jenny Zi
Quite interesting book, however I rated it with 3 out if 5 stars because, while part of it was written like historical fiction, and that was the good part, with mystery and all, there were other parts that had all the characteristics of a history lesson hideously disguised. I've no problem with history in a book, but I don't want it to resemble my school history book.
Jun 10, 2014 Bigemleo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Se non fosse stata la tracotanza degli autori, un ottimo spunto storico avrebbe potuto diventare un vero gioiello. Lo stile discutibile, la presunta sagacia degli autori e un espediente letterario azzardato hanno devastato un'ottima trama.
Aug 02, 2009 Anastazija rated it liked it
The book presents quite an amuzing detective story. The main actor is a young boy - a servant in the tavern in Rome. Strange death of one of the tavern visitors starts a story. The novel is a mix of funny and adsurd events together with attempts of the main actors to find solution for all strange happenings in their surrounding.
And all this is developing on the background of 17th century Rome, fate of the Pope Innokentius XI and all christian Europe as ottoman army is near Vienna.Secrets of Fre
Nov 27, 2014 Jeane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italy
Imprimatur has been on my to read list fir six years but never found a copy. While I was reading it I felt fir a long time a bit disappointed because id the story but it seems to be one if those books which feel good only when you have read it all.
In Rome the people are waiting to know the outcome of the battle of Vienna while there is the threat if the plague which hits a tavern when it is placed under quarantine. The story includes Atto Melani, secret passages under the city, an apprentice who
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Rita Monaldi majored in classical philology and specialized in the history of religions. She is an Italian journalist who, in collaboration with her husband, Francesco Sorti, wrote a series of literary-historical books called Imprimatur, Secretum and Veritas. They both live with their two young children in Vienna.

All the book titles of the series will create the sentence Imprimatur secretum, verit
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