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

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

    Trade paperback, Harper Perennial
    2009
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    ISBN: 0061245569
    ISBN-13: 9780061245565

    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 a powerful yet little-known woman whose astonishing story has been buried--until now.

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BruceHH

A woman Pope

by BruceHH on Feb 24, 2013

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.

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DennisHeath

Read the book

by DennisHeath on Jan 6, 2011

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

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