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Alessandro Torlonia: The Pope’s Banker (Palgrave Studies in by Daniela Felisini

By Daniela Felisini

This e-book presents a brilliant biography of a towering Italian banker, pioneer and entrepreneur. It weaves the entrepreneurial ventures of Alessandro Torlonia (1800-1886) in the course of the narratives of commercial and politics in the 19th century, the expansion of eu monetary markets and the decline of Papal energy in the course of the Italian Risorgimento. The dialogue is based in rigorous historical examine utilizing unique resources reminiscent of the Archivum Secretum Vaticanum papers and different respectable files; the documents of the Torlonia kinfolk, and of the Rothschild financial institution in Paris; memoirs; correspondences, and newspapers. via this e-book readers research that Alessandro Torlonia used to be a guy of many faces, who was once some of the most advanced and influential characters of Italian fiscal lifestyles within the 19th century. Felisini additionally presents a professional critique of the monetary background of the papacy: a space of heightened curiosity given the notoriety of family members among the Holy See and its bankers within the 20th and twenty-first centuries. Focal subject matters equivalent to the heritage of eu elites and the background of eu monetary markets may have an interdisciplinary allure for students and researchers.


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