Rita Monaldi (born 1966) is an Italian journalist and writer who, in collaboration with her husband, Francesco Sorti, wrote a series of literary-historical books called Imprimatur, Secretum and Veritas, with Atto Melani as a central character. She majored in classical philology and specialized in the history of religions. They both live with their two young children in Vienna.
All the book titles of the series will create the sentence Imprimatur secretum, veritas mysterium. Unicum … The authors translate this as follows: “Even when a secret is printed, the truth is always a mystery. It remains only…” The authors are keeping secret the titles of the final two volumes. They claim the novel was boycotted in Italy.
In 2009, The Scotsman newspaper reported that:
Rita Monaldi and Francesco Sorti had been working on another "story" for years, which they decided they would turn into a historical novel. What their research had uncovered had startled them, even surprised them, although when we consider the times they were researching – the late 17th century – perhaps they should have expected to uncover all sorts of dubious information. But their historical investigations concerned a former Pope, Innocent XI. They fashioned their findings about him into a novel, and the result was: a commercial and critical boycott.
- "A papal mystery". The Independent (London). 2008-05-13. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
- Malcolm Moore (20 Mar 2008). "Vatican forced us out of Italy, claim authors". The Telegraph (London).
- Lesley McDowell (5 September 2009). "The Pope and the Sun King: Rita Monaldi and Francesco Sorti discuss their new novel". The Scotsman.
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