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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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    by Eleanor Herman

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

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    2008
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    ISBN: 006156270X
    ISBN-13: 9780061562709

    "We have just elected a female pope." --Cardinal Alessandro Bichi, 1644 Today's Roman Catholic Church firmly states that women must be excluded from church leadership positions, but they neglect to mention that for over a decade in the seventeenth century a woman unofficially, but openly, ran the Vatican. Now, Eleanor Herman, author of "Sex with the Queen," exposes one of the church's deepest secrets, laying bare facts that have been concealed for 350 years. Beginning in 1644 and for eleven years after, Olimpia ... Show more

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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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