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

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Harper Collins, 13 de out de 2009 - 496 páginas
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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.
 

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Author Eleanor Herman is a historian specializing in works of solid scholarship disguised with slightly salacious titles: Sex With Kings and Sex with the Queen. In this case, Ms. Herman’s Mistress of ... Ler resenha completa

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This nonfiction account of Olimpia Maidalchini (1591-1657) who was the skirt behind Pope Innocent X (reigned 1644-1655) is both a fascinating biography of an intelligent and independent woman ahead of ... Ler resenha completa

Conteúdo

Introduction
1
Part One THE GIRL FROM VITERBO
7
The Convent
9
The Wealthy Landowners Wife
29
The Roman Noblewoman
38
The BrotherinLaw
52
The Papal Nuncio
66
Cardinals
78
The Shoulder of Saint Francesca
237
The Holy Jubilee Year
257
Crisis of Conscience
274
Part Three UNFORGIVENESS
291
Honor and Dishonor
293
Olimpias Triumphant Return
311
The Sudden Disgrace of Cardinal Astalli
331
Death of the Dove
348

The Black Widow
98
Conclave
117
Part Two THE FEMALE POPE
135
The Vicar of Christ
137
Celebrations
149
Women in the Vatican
161
Vengeance on the Barberinis
179
The Despised DaughterinLaw
196
The Imbecile Cardinals
209
Birth Famine and Bitter Peace
223
Unforgiveness
365
Pope Alexander VII
372
The Two Queens of Rome
384
The Scourge of God
395
After Olimpia
409
Notes
421
Bibliography
433
Index
439
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The author of Sex with Kings and Sex with the Queen, New York Times bestselling historian Eleanor Herman has hosted episodes for the National Geographic Channel and the History Channel's Lost Worlds. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, she is married and lives in McLean, Virginia.

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