Mistress of the Vatican

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - History - 496 pages
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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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Review: Mistress of the Vatican: The True Story of Olimpia Maidalchini: The Secret Female Pope

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A truly fascinating story. Olimpia was truly a woman before her time she didn't allow society or her father dictate her life for her. In a time when women were considered of any consequence she ... Read full review

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

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Very interesting book on Olimpia Maidalchini Pamphili who controlled the Vatican via her brother-in-law Pope Innocent X. After reading other critique's of Herman's work, I'm taking some of the more ... Read full review

Contents

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
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About the author (2009)

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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