Authors like her do a great service to the public by bringing important history from academia to the rest of us. She had a head for figures and an interest in legal matters, which are hardly womanly attributes. The story of Pope Innocent X, having everything stripped from his room including sheets, utensils, and clothes, was sobering especially as Eleanor Herman presents him as a reasonably nice, if dithering, man. . Instead, using her wits, Olimpia became the unofficial ruler of the most powerful institution in the world: the Roman Catholic Church. Olympia Maldachini is a woman I've never heard of, and with good reason.
Servants licked the royal family's spoons, tried on their underpants, and tested their chamber pots. Fascinating and also disconcerting history. The topic is fascinating, and the author did solid work on it. What an interesting, obviously well researched and completely little-known piece of history! But then, I really hadn't been up on some of the less-flattering history of our church, like the regular elevation of papal nephews to rank of cardinal although they might still be in their teens, the regular practice of popes to appoint their relatives to jobs in the Vatican, the fawning of European royalty to curry the pope's favor with expensive gifts, etc. For years she steered her brother-in-law's career in the church, until at last he became pope. She used deceit to escape, and vowed never to be poor and powerless again.
With diaries, personal letters, and diplomatic dispatches, Eleanor Herman's trailblazing research reveals the dynamics of sex and power, rivalry and revenge, at the most brilliant courts of Europe. Nepotism was rampant, and popes gave away huge sums and principalities to their nephews instead of helping the poor. This book basically reads like a multi-part collaboration between People magazine and the National Enquirer, and just happens to be set in the papal states instead at the Jersey Shore. Alternating between mildly interesting tidbits about 17th century life, the unexpected actions of a woman in the face of misogyny, and the infuriating greed, theft, nepotism, and general corruption of the Catholic church, this book tediously and salaciously plods along as it chronicles the life of Olimpia Maidalchini Pamphili. The evidence author Herman brings to light shows that Olimpia's fingerprints are on the appointments of cardinals, on the finances of the church, on the church's relationship with the governments and royalty of nations such as France and Spain, among others, and much, much more. The saving grace is that at some point Innocent did have a crisis of conscience and put the dignity and integrity of the church first, and that many of the laughable practices of those times are long gone. I am on a soap box trying to sell you this book.
Almost forced into a convent as a teen by her greedy, cheap father who didn't want to pay the standard exorbitant dowry fit for a girl of her station, Olimpia used her cunning and a well-crafted letter to a high church official to win freedom to marry who she desired. 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. I do not believe that I am either ignorant of church history or naive about the perils of organized religion. It is superbly researched and very easy to read. Born in modest circumstances, Olimpia was almost forced into a convent at the age of fifteen due to the lack of a dowry.
It all sounded like a giant soap opera. While there is no factual evidence that Olimpia did this or that, women of the times did things this way, so Olimpia must have as well, she posits. Instead, using her wits, Olimpia became the unofficial ruler of the most powerful institution in the world: the Roman Catholic Church. Dead pontiffs were left naked on the Vatican floor because their servants had pilfered the bed and stripped the corpse. Eleanor is a frequent commentator in the media about royal scandals, and has hosted episodes for The History Channel, the National Geographic Channel, and America: Fact vs.
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. She was a celebrity of her time. Synopsis 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. Not just because it was a look inside the Vatican during the 1600s, but because it was a look at social class and gender as well. Before the light of victory can shine, enemies must become allies, Death must be tamed and hearts must break.
This is the unforgettable story of a woman ahead of her time. Olympia Maldachini is a woman I've never heard of, and with good reason. I like reading about women we rarely hear about in textbooks. I hadn't heard that one before. It isn't any single fact that surprised me. It is depressingly unsurprising that she was subsequently demonise I really enjoyed this. But she remained at the very top for many years as Pope Innocent X's key consultant and possibly lover.
King Peggy King Peggy chronicles the astonishing journey of American secretary, Peggielene Bartels, who suddenly finds herself king to a town of 7,000 people on Ghana's central coast, half a world away. Also to hear about how people lived in the times when bathing wasn't very common was also a bit alarming. Why on earth would The Catholic Church ever want it bandied about that a woman ruled the papacy for ten years, made herself wealthy and self-sufficient in an era where women's roles were so heavily proscribed? Herman offers a rare combination of skills for a historian — her research is intensely scholarly, yet she writes the story in a colorful, wit New York Times best-seller Eleanor Herman's new non-fiction book, The Royal Art of Poison: Filthy Palaces, Fatal Cosmetics, Deadly Medicine, and Murder Most Foul, is set to come out in June 2018. Herman has a fine sense of irony and there is much irony to be found in Olimpia's life and times. Now, Eleanor Herman, author of Sex with the Queen, exposes one of the church's deepest secrets, laying bare facts that have been concealed for 350 years. 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.
Her strong opinions often color her writing, and she uses a lot of creative license to try to capture a scene, helping the user imagine how things may have looked although there is no proof. And my favorite Baroque era! Hudson Library and Historical Society 96 Library Street, Hudson, Ohio 44236 Phone: 330 653-6658 Powerpoint Lecture Saturday, June 16 at 6 p. An Italian church claimed to have preserved the umbilical cord of Jesus, another drops of the Virgin Mary's breast milk. For years I enjoy off beat historical moments and this one was outside my normal boundaries. I can truly say that Olimpia will remain forever on my mind. Be ready to read a boatload of language pointing out how anti-woman the Catholic Church is and has been through the ages. A woman in the centre of the Church, and not because of sex! Those times were crazy — not much crazier than any other times, but immensely fun to read about.