By Daniela Felisini
This publication presents a shiny biography of a towering Italian banker, pioneer and entrepreneur. It weaves the entrepreneurial ventures of Alessandro Torlonia (1800-1886) throughout the narratives of commercial and politics within the 19th century, the expansion of ecu monetary markets and the decline of Papal energy through the Italian Risorgimento. The dialogue is based in rigorous ancient learn utilizing unique resources comparable to the Archivum Secretum Vaticanum papers and different reputable files; the documents of the Torlonia kin, and of the Rothschild financial institution in Paris; memoirs; correspondences, and newspapers. via this e-book readers examine that Alessandro Torlonia used to be a guy of many faces, who was once probably the most complicated and influential characters of Italian monetary existence within the 19th century. Felisini additionally offers a professional critique of the monetary heritage of the papacy: a space of heightened curiosity given the notoriety of kin among the Holy See and its bankers within the 20th and twenty-first centuries. Focal issues comparable to the historical past of ecu elites and the background of eu monetary markets can have an interdisciplinary allure for students and researchers.
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On the hegemony of the nobility’s way of life, see Mayer, The Persistence of the Old Regime; Scott, The European Nobilities, vol. 1: Western and Southern Europe; Doyle, Aristocracy: A Very Short Introduction, Chapter 3. 65 Howard, “Some Eighteenth-Century ‘Restored’ Boxers”; Meyer and Piva, L’arte di ben restaurare. 61 2 Origins and Rise of the Torlonia Family and Bank 35 Thanks to his accumulating profits, Torlonia was able to throw himself into the extension of his land and properties. 67 The former became the location for “Hercules and Lycas,” the new and enormous sculpture by Antonio Canova, who was also planning a system of artificial lighting for his work.
Annona, b. 39, fasc. 47. 35 See De Cupis, Le vicende dell’agricoltura e della pastorizia nell’agro romano; Canaletti Gaudenti, La politica agraria e annonaria dello Stato Pontificio; Tilly, “Food supply and public order”; Palermo and Strangio, “Politiche dell’alimentazione e carestie”; Miller, Mastering the Market. 36 Formica, “La legislazione annonaria e le rivolte per il pane”; Revel, Le grain de Rome et la crise de l’Annone; La Marca, L’abolizione del vincolismo annonario. 239 Source: ACS, Archivio Torlonia, b.
41 However, more thorough research suggests that these judgments should be revised, especially in relation to the purchase of beni nazionali (national assets). In May 1798, acting in great haste, the Republican government put a large number of properties in public ownership up for sale, along with those that had been expropriated from Church institutions and religious orders. 42 Carried out partly by the Republican government and partly by the French authorities, the auctions were subject to pressure and corruption; property was often sold below its value, not least because it could be paid for using the depreciated cedole which the authorities, by this means, were attempting to withdraw from circulation.
Alessandro Torlonia: The Pope’s Banker by Daniela Felisini