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By Colm Keena

ISBN-10: 0717151883

ISBN-13: 9780717151882

Colm Keena scrutinises the proof produced via the Mahon Tribunal approximately Bertie Ahern's own funds and his own political computer, and illustrates the lengths to which Ahern went in his attempt to conceal the reality approximately what he was once as much as.

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Of all the lacunae in Felice’s early life, this one is the most frustrating. It is impossible to determine exactly what went wrong to make her so resistant to the idea of remarrying. Did she enter marriage with the expectation of receiving from a husband the affection she had not been granted by her Wedding ceremony from La Novella di Gualtieri, 1553 the cardinal’s daughter Savona relatives, and then found it lacking? Was she simply angry at being forced to marry a man from Liguria, which would mean that she would never be able to return to Rome?

The Orsini family controlled the area around the Ponte Sant’ Angelo, one of the few bridges across the Tiber, as well as the heart of the abitato. The intense rivalry between these families cannot be overstated. They make the relationship between Shakespeare’s Montagues and Capulets seem positively cordial. It was turf war, feirce and bloody. The popes and the governing body of Rome, the senate, supported and endorsed different families. Those that did not could meet with serious consequences. The Cenci family kidnapped Pope Gregory VII, a long-standing enemy, on Christmas Eve 1075, and in 1145 Pope Lucius II was killed as a result of his opposition to a Roman government led by Giordano Pierleone.

If you could see today so many sacred buildings erected by kingly wealth, so many thousands of priests everywhere (many of them rich), so many bishops equal to the greatest kings in military power . . so many cardinals dressed in purple with regiments of servants crowding round them . . ’6 Very soon after his election, Julius, this ‘bane of the church’ became known as ‘Il papa terribile’. His monstrous temper was quick to flare if his demands and desires were not met. Approaching sixty, Julius knew he had no time to waste if he was to achieve everything he wanted in the time left to him.

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