Mistress of the Vatican

Mistress of the Vatican

The True Story of Olimpia Maidalchini : the Secret Female Pope

Book - 2008
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Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2008
ISBN: 9781607517368
Characteristics: viii, 403 p. : ill. ; 21 cm

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Activevoice
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.

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BlueHippo
Sep 11, 2012

Fascinating and very well written. A wonderful read!

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Micheline
Jul 31, 2010

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

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