Rather recent biography of Philip Neri, and more a history of Rome in his lifetime than a simple biography, so highly detailed is it. The author is sympathetic but remains sceptical about the reports about Philip. This is a modern account and tries hard to use the social sciences to reinterpret the experiences and opinions of men like Baronius and Tarugi. Nowhere else have I read of Philips extraordinary abilities described with words like paranormal and clairvoyance. The account does make for interesting reading.
Three stars, going on four.