Mistress of the Vatican

Mistress of the Vatican

The True Story of Olimpia Maidalchini : the Secret Female Pope

Book - 2008
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Eleanor Herman, the talented author of the New York Times bestselling Sex with Kings and Sex with the Queen goes behind the sacred doors of the Catholic Church in Mistress of the Vatican, a scintillating biography of a powerful yet little-known woman whose remarkable story is ripe with secrets, sex, passion, and ambition. For almost four centuries this astonishing story of a woman's absolute power over the Vatican has been successfully buried--until now.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2008
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780061245558
Branch Call Number: 945.63407 Her 3558ad 1
Characteristics: xi, 452 p. :,ill


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Sep 10, 2017

I agree with the Kirkus review; the author does make Olimpia seem like a 17th Century Scarlett O’Hara. As a subject, Olimpia Maidalchini, is flawed and complex but never dull. The author writes of her at once like a villain, a misunderstood female, and then as victor over the male-dominated society of her time. I enjoyed the book but will warn that church sexism is very difficult to endure, even as a reader, it must have seemed terrifying as a citizen.

Sep 11, 2012

Fascinating and very well written. A wonderful read!

Jul 31, 2010

Well written, historical, entertaining and informative. I highly recommend it.

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