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Secretum (Atto Melani #2)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  572 Ratings  ·  33 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
Paperback, 766 pages
Published November 2006 by Cargo (first published November 4th 2004)
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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
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
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  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
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,
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 17, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found this book hard-going and might have found it easier if I had known the history of the period. The device of having a narrator whose viewpoint we follow throughout and who knows as much or as little as the reader works to some extent. It does just get annoying that they seem to keep on and on failing to find out things they need to know until it becomes clear the Abbot had a different agenda to the one he was sharing with the narrator. I had already read the first one some time ago and I ...more
Appassiona ma non rapisce. Le ricostruzioni storiche sono accuratissime (specie per l'epistolario e la caratterizzazione dei personaggi storici) ma non sempre funzionali alla trama, che ne risulta appesantita. L'evoluzione dei protagonisti non avvince, l'elemento sovrannaturale è un pò forzato.
Silvia Marcaurelio
Secondo romanzo dedicato all’abate Atto Melani, conosciuto in tutte le corti d’Europa per essere un cantante castrato di grande abilità. In questi romanzi lo troviamo, come è veramente stato nella sua vita, agente segreto al servizio di Luigi XIV. La vicenda si svolge 17 anni dopo quella accaduta nel primo volume, Imprimatur e ritroviamo oltre a Melani anche il nano che lo aiutò nella risoluzione della prima storia. Atto si trova a Roma per il matrimonio della nipote del Cardinale Spada, nell’om ...more
Ana Petrina
I simply can't understand why this second novel in the Atto Melani series has not swept me off my feet like it's prequel. I loved Imprimatur with it's secrets and political agenda, it's characters and the plot. Secretum is quite similar in plot; Atto Melani returns to Itay to investigate a political mystery and reveal a scandal of large consequences with the help of his nameless helper.

I kept on reading and reading, and while I was at it, the book was interesting and fun. As soon as I put it dow
Inge Janse
Apr 28, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Laat ik het maar kort houden: wat een naar, naar boek. Absoluut onnodig lang, veel en veel te gedetailleerd, veelal vol oninteressante mysteries en veel te complex om te beklijven. De schrijvers willen zoveel vertellen dat elk gesprek onnatuurlijk overkomt en klinkt alsof je op een verjaardag vol docenten geschiedenis met profileringsdrang zit

Bovendien word ik he-le-maal gek van al die verkleinwoorden. Alsof je in een poppenhuis zit! Ook superirritant: de monologen van Corrila (of hoe dat bijde
Harry Allagree
Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 2nd of a trilogy of novels by Rita Monaldi & her husband, Francesco Sorti which I've read. I love their books...but they're so Godawful long! I took a long break after reading the first book, Imprimatur, and will do the same now before reading the final novel, Veritas. The one minor criticism I have is that they seem to use the word "ingenuous" far too frequently. Nevertheless, the story, set in 1700 in Rome, has all the intrigue, amorous liaisons, sleazy politics, Vatican religi ...more
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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.
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 ;-)
Jul 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Barbje
Recommended to BoekenTrol by: hubby

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.
Oct 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book maintains a slow, languish pace so different to most other historical thrillers I've read. The story slowly and deliberately unfolds, but not without building tension, excitement, and suspense.
Aug 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Really want to like it, feel like I should like it... it's too confusing, too many characters, too much time elapsing between me reading the different books in this series to really get (into) it.
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?
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.
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting - liked it
Janet Brown
Not a book that is read quickly. It is rambling to the point if being tedious at times.
Maxim Van Eeckhout
"Ingredimus via universae carnis"
Secretum by Rita Monaldi (2004)
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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)
  • Imprimatur (Atto Melani, #1)
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