Katie's Reviews > Mistress of the Vatican: The True Story of Olimpia Maidalchini: The Secret Female Pope

Mistress of the Vatican by Eleanor Herman
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Jun 20, 2010

really liked it

I'm pretty sure this is nonfiction with some embellishment. Even if 2/3 of it is true, it's cool. I like the small details. Evidently, in the 17th century, as soon as the pope died servants used to steal all of his clothes and furniture -- sometimes even his shoes when his body was on display in St. Peter's. Not for religious reasons. The pope typically hijacked as much church wealth as possible during his tenure, so servants weren't shy about taking stuff once he was dead. After all, the next pope would get new furnishings and clothes in his grab for wealth.

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