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

Paperback | September 8, 2009

byEleanor Herman

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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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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 fo...

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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...

The author ofSex with KingsandSex with the Queen,New York Timesbestselling historian Eleanor Herman has hosted episodes for the National Geographic Channel and the History Channel'sLost Worlds. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, she is married and lives in McLean, Virginia.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.12 inPublished:September 8, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061245569

ISBN - 13:9780061245565

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“...immensely readable and compelling...An expert on—and descendant of—European royal families, she skillfully uses letters, diaries, newssheets of the time, and biographies to tell this personal tale, set during unforgiving times. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries.”