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Mistress of the Vatican: The True Story of Olimpia Maidalchini: The Secret Female Pope

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The author of "Sex with Kings" and "Sex with the Queen" goes behind the sacred doors of the Roman Catholic church in this scintillating biography of ... Show synopsis

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  • A woman Pope Feb 24, 2013
    by BruceHH

    With the upcoming conclave of Cardinals, (not sure if that is the collective noun such as ostentation of peacocks, flamboyance of flamingos, murder of crows, scold of jays though those collective nouns might also be descriptive.) I thought it would be interesting to read about this 17th century woman. One has to be amazed at the ability of this woman to rise through a male dominated society and become, in effect, the controller of one of its most misogynistic institution. While the book is a biography of this remarkable woman it also provides insights into the history of the church and how popes came into being. As the author is writing about Olimpia Maidalchini, she describes the buildings in which she lived or had access. Roman populace reactions to various occurrences are recounted in this easily read biography.

  • Read the book Jan 6, 2011
    by DennisHeath

    The writer has a great style, did a massive amount of research, and told the facts as they unfolded.

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