My Italian Notebook

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Allen & Unwin, 2002 - 341 pages
When Gough Whitlam was a small boy, his mother and father would read him the myths and legends of Ancient Rome as bedtime stories. These stories sparked in him a curiosity about Italy - its history, culture and its contribution to the rest of the world - which would endure for the rest of his life.
 

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Contents

Santamaria
35
Religion
50
Opera
90
Arts and Architecture
112
Literature
150
Monarchs
174
Italian Heritage Sites
204
Morosinis Legacy
247
The Longest Cathedrals
260
English Words from and in Italian
277
Endnotes
281
Corrigenda
300
Copyright

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Page 259 - The isles of Greece ! the isles of Greece ! "Where burning Sappho loved and sung, Where grew the arts of war and peace, Where Delos rose, and Phoebus sprung ! Eternal summer gilds them yet, But all, except their sun, is set.
Page 165 - It was at Rome, on the 15th of October 1764, as I sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the barefooted friars were singing vespers in the temple of Jupiter,* that the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first started to my mind.
Page 90 - ELIZABETH THE SECOND, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain, and Northern Ireland and of her other realms and territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.
Page 85 - If ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place, neither walk after other gods to your hurt : Then will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers, for ever and ever.
Page 332 - Philip and Mary, by the grace of God, king and queen of England, France. Naples, Jerusalem, and Ireland ; defenders of the faith ; princes of Spain and Sicily ; archdukes of Austria ; dukes of Milan, Burgundy, and Brabant; counts of Hapsburg, Flanders, and Tyrol.
Page 259 - Another Athens shall arise, And to remoter time Bequeath, like sunset to the skies, The splendour of its prime; And leave, if nought so bright may live, All earth can take or Heaven can give.
Page 237 - Zealand, with all the powers, rights, privileges, and advantages to the said Office belonging or appertaining. II. And We do hereby authorize, empower, and command you to exercise and perform all and singular the powers and directions contained in...
Page 237 - Knight Grand Cross of Our Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, Knight Grand Cross of Our Royal Victorian Order, Member of Our Order of the Companions of Honour, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Our Dominion of Canada.
Page 68 - Papist, should be excluded, and are by that act made for ever uncapable to inherit, possess, or enjoy the Crown and Government of this realm and Ireland, and the dominions thereunto belonging, or any part of the same, or to have, use, or exercise any...

About the author (2002)

In March 1998 the Italian Ambassador to Australia invested Gough Whitlam with the insignia of a Commendatore dell' Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana. It was the culmination of a special relationship and the point when the writing of this book began.

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