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Mistress of the Vatican
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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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A story combining religion, wealth, sex, class, and power typically makes for a tantalizing read. Herman (Sex with the Queen: 900 Years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers, and Passionate Politics) does not disappoint with her account of Olimpia Maidalchini's incredible life and rise to power in 17th-century Italy. As the sister-in-law of Pope Innocent X, Olimpia was his closest adviser, would-be lover, and indisputably the authority behind the robes, which earned her the title of papessa, or lady pope. Olimpia's legacy was a scandal for the Church, and a good deal was written about her during and after her time. With this immensely readable and compelling book, Herman has reopened the Maidalchini file and presents a very detailed historical account of a real woman who strove to overcome male domination and live her own life. 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.--Susanne Markgren, SUNY at Purchase Lib. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

."..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."--Kirkus Reviews
..".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."--Kirkus Reviews
...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. --Kirkus Reviews"

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