By Daniela Felisini
This booklet offers 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 within the 19th century, the expansion of ecu monetary markets and the decline of Papal strength throughout the Italian Risorgimento. The dialogue is based in rigorous old examine utilizing unique resources resembling the Archivum Secretum Vaticanum papers and different legitimate records; the information 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 advanced and influential characters of Italian financial existence within the 19th century. Felisini additionally presents knowledgeable critique of the monetary heritage of the papacy: a space of heightened curiosity given the notoriety of relatives among the Holy See and its bankers within the 20th and twenty-first centuries. Focal themes reminiscent of the historical past of eu elites and the background of eu monetary markets may have an interdisciplinary attraction for students and researchers.
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By the early 1790s it was already evident that Giovanni’s choice to focus on his credit-related activity had been a good one. At Palazzo Raggi, his base on the Via del Corso, and sometimes at the tables of the nearby Caffè del Veneziano, which performed a typically eighteenth-century function as one of the city’s principal meeting places,18 he could make himself available as banker to the large community of foreigners in Rome, which included some distinguished figures. Leopardi, Pensieri sulle circostanze economiche dello Stato Pontificio nell’anno 1797, in Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma, Fondo Gesuitico 195, 2324, n.
91 See Bouvier, Les Rothschild, 7. V. 5, 1957 Bibliography Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, ed.
In the 1820s he bought the Renaissance mansion on Piazza Scossacavalli, not far from St Peter’s and among the most beautiful in the capital. Built in the early sixteenth century from designs by Bramante, the building had passed through the hands of many owners, both private and public, and had fallen into a very poor state of dilapidation, to the ACS, Archivio Torlonia, b. 266. On the value of the Borghese property and their financial dealings in that period, see Pescosolido, Terra e nobiltà. 76 Documentation relating to this sort of “ordinary” clientele is in ACS, Archivio Torlonia, b.
Alessandro Torlonia: The Pope’s Banker by Daniela Felisini