The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome, Volume 1

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and David Widger [widger@cecomet.net]

THE THREE CITIES

ROME

BY

EMILE ZOLA

TRANSLATED BY ERNEST A. VIZETELLY

PREFACE

IN submitting to the English-speaking public this second volume of M.
Zola’s trilogy “Lourdes, Rome, Paris,” I have no prefatory remarks to
offer on behalf of the author, whose views on Rome, its past, present,
and future, will be found fully expounded in the following pages. That a
book of this character will, like its forerunner “Lourdes,” provoke
considerable controversy is certain, but comment or rejoinder may well be
postponed until that controversy has arisen. At present then I only
desire to say, that in spite of the great labour which I have bestowed on
this translation, I am sensible of its shortcomings, and in a work of
such length, such intricacy, and such a wide range of subject, it will
not be surprising if some slips are discovered. Any errors which may be
pointed out to me, however, shall be rectified in subsequent editions. I
have given, I think, the whole essence of M. Zola’s text; but he himself
has admitted to me that he has now and again allowed his pen to run away
with him, and thus whilst sacrificing nothing of his sense I have at
times abbreviated his phraseology so as slightly to condense the book. I
may add that there are no chapter headings in the original, and that the
circumstances under which the translation was made did not permit me to
supply any whilst it was passing through the press; however, as some
indication of the contents of the book—which treats of many more things
than are usually found in novels—may be a convenience to the reader, I
have prepared a table briefly epitomising the chief features of each
successive chapter.

E. A. V.

     MERTON, SURREY, ENGLAND,

          April, 1896.

CONTENTS TO PART I

I

“NEW ROME”—Abbe Froment in the Eternal City—His First Impressions—His

Book and the Rejuvenation of Christianity

II

“BLACK MOUTH, RED SOUL”—The Boccaneras, their Mansion, Ancestors,

History, and Friends

III

ROMANS OF THE CHURCH—Cardinals Boccanera and Sanguinetti—Abbes

Paparelli and Santobono—Don Vigilio—Monsignor Nani

CONTENTS TO PART II

IV

ROMANS OF NEW ITALY—The Pradas and the Saccos—The Corso and the Pincio

V

THE BLOOD OF AUGUSTUS—The Palaces of the Caesars—The Capitol—The

Forum—The Appian Way—The Campagna—The Catacombs—St. Peter’s.

VI

VENUS AND HERCULES—The Vatican—The Sixtine Chapel—Michael Angelo and

Raffaelle—Botticelli and Bernini—Gods and Goddesses—The Gardens—Leo

XIII—The Revolt of Passion

CONTENTS TO PART III

VII

PRINCE AND PONTIFF—The International Pilgrimage—The Papal Revenue—A

Function at St. Peter’s—The Pope-King—The Temporal Power

VIII

THE POOR AND THE POPE—The Building Mania—The Financial Crash—The

Horrors of the Castle Fields—The Roman Workman—May Christ’s Vicar

Gamble?—Hopes and Fears of the Papacy

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