The Entity: Five Centuries of Secret Vatican Espionage

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The Holy Alliance, later The Entity', a secret spy service, has been used by the Vatican for over five centuries to carry out its will. Forty popes have relied on it to carry out their policies. Yet it has played a hitherto invisible role while it has been involved in de- christianisations and schisms, revolutions and dictatorships, colonialisations and expulsions, persecutions and attacks, civil wars and world wars, assassinations and kidnappings. For the first time in English, Eric Frattini tells the comprehensive tale of this sacred secret service and its involvement in the killings of monarchs, poisonings of diplomats, financing of South American dictators, protection of war criminals, laundering of mafia money, manipulation of financial markets, provocation of bank failures, and financing of arms sales to combatants even as their wars were condemned, all in the name of God. As remarkable as it is powerful, the history of this organisation that holds the motto With the Cross and the Sword' will shock and amaze. A must read' El Universal Over 25 years as a journalist, Eric Frattini has interviewed many high-profile public figures. He has written books on the FBI, the UN and the CIA, and is the author of Cosa Nostra: A Century of History. He is a TV correspondent and lives in Spain.

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Dense, exhaustive account of espionage and intrigue directed by and against the Vatican, from 1566 to the present.Madrid-based TV correspondent Frattini, who has published several Spanish-language nonfiction titles, presents a dizzying history that would have been more effective on a smaller scale. As written, this hectic, whirlwind account races through five centuries and a seemingly endless list of names, dates and characters without allowing the many dramatic vignettes to fully take hold. Astonishing tales abound along the way, starting with the creation of the Vatican's spy service, originally called the Holy Alliance, by Pope Pius V, who wanted to overthrow England's Protestant Queen Elizabeth I and place Catholic Mary Stuart on her throne. The author claims that the Holy Alliance later spawned its own counterespionage wing and a "hit squad" that assassinated numerous perceived enemies of the Church. Not all of these assertions are convincing, or well documented - Frattini routinely cites rumors and speculation as plausible facts - but they certainly make for curious reading. The author finds the hand of Vatican spies throughout the royal courts of Europe, the war rooms of major combatants in both world wars, the boardrooms of corrupt money-laundering bankers and the halls of spy services from the CIA to Mossad. According to Frattini, Vatican agents have done everything from helping Nazi war criminals flee to South America after World War II to thwarting the assassination of Golda Meir by terrorists in 1973. In one anecdote, he recounts how the Holy Alliance stymied a plot in 1881 to steal the remains of Pope Pius IX. Indeed, for all the intrigue allegedly perpetrated by the Vatican, Frattini notes that the Pope was equally the target of espionage. For centuries, the halls of the Vatican were rife with spies, especially during times of war, when the Vatican's neutrality, or lack thereof, was of major concern to belligerents.A colorful history, but overly ambitious, often disorienting and not entirely convincing. ( --Kirkus Reviews)

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Over 25 years as a journalist, Eric Frattini has interviewed high-profile public figures from as Nelson Mandela and Tony Blair. He has written books on the FBI, the UN and the CIA, and is the author of Cosa Nostra: A Century of History. He is a TV correspondent and lives in Spain.

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