Mistress of the Vatican
Born without a dowry, nearly forced into a convent, and later married off to a man she didn't love, Olimpia Maidalchini vowed never to be poor, powerless, or beholden to any man again. Instead, using her wits, Olimpia became the unofficial ruler of the most powerful institution in the world: the Roman Catholic Church.
The Church firmly states that women must be excluded from church leadership positions—but for more than a decade in the seventeenth century, Olimpia ran the Vatican. As sister-in-law and reputed mistress of the indecisive Pope Innocent X, she appointed cardinals, negotiated with foreign ambassadors, and helped herself to a heaping portion of the Papal States' treasury.
In Mistress of the Vatican, New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman brings to life not only an extraordinary woman lost in history but an entire civilization in all its greatness . . . and ignominy. This is the unforgettable story of a woman ahead of her time.
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Review: Mistress of the Vatican: The True Story of Olimpia Maidalchini: The Secret Female PopeUser Review - Sherri Stephens - Goodreads
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 PopeUser Review - dejah_thoris - Goodreads
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
The Shoulder of Saint Francesca
The Holy Jubilee Year
Crisis of Conscience
Part Three UNFORGIVENESS
Honor and Dishonor
Olimpias Triumphant Return
The Sudden Disgrace of Cardinal Astalli
Death of the Dove
The Black Widow
Part Two THE FEMALE POPE
The Vicar of Christ
Women in the Vatican
Vengeance on the Barberinis
The Despised DaughterinLaw
The Imbecile Cardinals
Birth Famine and Bitter Peace
Pope Alexander VII
The Two Queens of Rome
The Scourge of God
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