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Secretum (Atto Melani #2)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  401 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Com base em documentos reais, os autores questionam, nesta narrativa histórica, a autenticidade da assinatura do testamento de Carlos II (a favor de Filipe de Anjou) e a legitimidade dos Bourbon ao trono, ao mesmo tempo que exploram a influência directa do Vaticano na política europeia do séc. XVIII.

Através de engenhosas conspirações, subtis jogos de poder, cartas codifica
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Paperback, 766 pages
Published November 2006 by Cargo (first published 2004)
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Sylvia
Like Imprimatur this 2nd book in a series of seven about the vicissitudes of abt Atto Melani develops as a kind of historical-fiction. It's almost unbelievable what is happening. The pace of the story is at moments so fast, that you sit on the edge of your seat, flipping pages, and holding your breath and then suddenly in the middle of that fast pace the author start describing the beauty of the garden or a building. You relax and can breath again, but it's only for a short moment. Bit by bit th ...more
Christine Van Heertum
Une magnifique narration de 1028 pages dans la Rome des années 1700. Les descriptions des lieux et des événements sont magistrales dans les détails qui ne sont nullement ennuyeux, un véritable exploit. Un vocabulaire que l'on a plaisir à (re)découvrir. Mais surtout, une histoire nous dévoilant les dessous de l'Histoire du conclave et de l'élection du pape, ainsi que la crise de la succession d'Espagne, dirigée par Louis XIV.
Il faut parfois ne pas se laisser décourager par le volume de Secretum,
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Πάνος Τουρλής
Ένα βιβλίο που με ταλαιπώρησε για κοντά δύο εβδομάδες και το προτείνω με μεγάλη επιφύλαξη, μόνο για σκληροπυρηνικούς αναγνώστες, φανατικούς μελετητές της ευρωπαϊκής Ιστορίας πλέον και μόνο. Συνέχεια του Τυπωθήτω κι όπως έλεγα και σε εκείνη την παρουσίαση, οι συγγραφείς έχουν έτοιμες άλλες δύο συνέχειες, που μεταξύ μας δεν σκοπεύω να τις διαβάσω. Δηλαδή τι άλλο πια θα συμβεί σε αυτόν τον ταλαίπωρο 16ο αιώνα και θα χωρέσει με τη βία σε μια μυθιστορηματική πλοκή;

Δεκαεπτά χρόνια μετά το πρώτο βιβλίο
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Emily
Aug 22, 2013 Emily rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emily by: panost
Το διάβασα ολόκληρο στις διακοπές μου και έπαθα βλάβη στην άρθρωση του χεριού που κρατούσε τόσο βάρος στο ύψος των ματιών στο κρεβάτι. Τέλος πάντων.
Ο φουκαράς, απονήρευτος νάνος τα κατάφερε πάλι με τις ίντριγκες του αββά Μελάνι και βγήκε σώος. Αλλά μέχρι τότε εμείς βγήκαμε στο δρόμο για το τρελλοκομείο!
Οφείλω όμως να αναγνωρίσω τα πολλά ιστορικά στοιχεία που ήταν αποτέλεσμα ενδελεχούς μελέτης της εποχής από τους συγγραφείς. Δύο εντυπωσιακά θα έχω να θυμάμαι από το βιβλίο. Το πρώτο είναι οι ιστο
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Twy
As with Imprimatur, the characters are documented individuals, known to exist. The mystery is good, lots of red herrings, and a if you didn't know anything about 17th century politics, you will after reading this. Perhaps a slower read to fully appreciate the quality of writing and descriptive passages but will reward with strong visuals. 'The Vessel' is quite a strange little story in itself. It is a real place, and reading the notes at the end of the book, you can pick out enough information t ...more
Amy Jane
I read Imprimatur (to which this is the sequel) about three or four years ago and loved it, and this has been on my bookshelf since it came out. However, it's not the kind of book you can just pick up anytime. You need to be prepared to pay attention, to recall what happened in the last book, to be willing to look up characters and places (it is based on real events and people in history), and also to carry around it's 800 page mass. But it's worth it. It is so rich in historic description, and ...more
Madeleine Decker
Définitivement mieux que le premier volume. Plus d'événements historiques et moins de ces looooooooongues descriptions de n'importe quoi afin de montrer l'étendue de leur culture et de leur recherche.

Vicant présentement à Rome, j'aime bien prendre en note les lieux, piazza, les retrouver et imaginer les scènes.
BoekenTrol
http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/7...

A birthday gift. Usually I like this genre a lot: mystery, history. This book however did not really catch me.
Maybe it was because I did not have enough knowlegde about the time described in the book or peace of mind to dive into the history of that time.

Now I've found someone who would like to read this book, so it'll start a (short) journey.
Krijn
It's predecessor, Imprimatur, was a better read. This one, I had a really hard time finishing it. It sometimes inspired and painted an interesting world, but over all it was a bit too much. Unfortunate.

Oddly enough, I read this one before Imprimatur, and even though I it took me ages to finish this one, someone advised me to read the first one, so I fortunately did.
Julie P
Wow! Encore une fois Abbot Melani a réussi le coup du siècle (well en 1700...) Disons que j'ai parfois perdu un peu le fil de l'histoire (surtout chapitre 5 et 6 mais bon, un livre de + de 800 pages...). Et dire que tout est vrai, évènements, personnages, lieux, encore une fois wow!
Maintenant au prochain episode; Véritas ;-)
Frederik
Niet zo spannend als Imprimatur maar wederom een 'thriller' met een ongelooflijk historische onderbouw die in de eerste plaats een blik op de geschiedenis van Europa werpt ten tijde van Lodewijk XIV en de Spaanse erfopvolging, die niet zo gekend is maar toch zijn invloed op het verdere verloop ervan heeft gehad.
Anne-sophie Olsen
I had to stop half way through this book... toooooo boring... toooooo looooong aswell. I read the first one and once that got going it was great, but this one... not so much. Or I don't know.. I don't really have the patience for books that take about 300 pages to get to the interesting parts.
Lynne
An enjoyable follow up to Imprimatur, bringing Atto Melani and the narrator back together 17 years after their last adventure. Some of the descriptove parts of the story feel a bit over the top and too detailed, but other than that it's a very absorbing historical fiction read.
Leah
Like its predecessor, I found this to be a bit meandering and overwritten. Although the characters, setting, and situations are interesting, too much of the narrative is spent with characters explaining the historical context to each other.
Balázs
Definitely better (written and documented) than the first part of the series, Secretum reveals the hidden background of the Spanish War of Succession guiding the reader trough the rich arc of then contemporary life and people.
Ine
atto melani raakt verwikkeld in een nieuw avontuur. het verhaal is ingewikkelder dan het vorige deel en ook minder spannend. toch kom je nog steeds veel te weten over het leven in italie aan het begin van de 18de eeuw.
Luc Spiessens
It took some perseverance to continue reading but in the end it started to be OK. One thing, did I miss something - or is the main character really nameless throughout this book?
Donald
An intricately plotted, historically accurate and detailed, doorstop of a book, that you think is telling you one story, then flips it to another one altogether.
Wendy
Jan 21, 2012 Wendy rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Tof boek. Het wervelt zo alle kanten op dat je nooit weet hoe het gaat aflopen. Op naar het derde deel!
Janet Brown
Not a book that is read quickly. It is rambling to the point if being tedious at times.
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Secretum by Rita Monaldi (2004)
Maxim Van Eeckhout
"Ingredimus via universae carnis"
Jelena
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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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Atto Melani (4 books)
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