By Eleanor Herman
Born with out a dowry, approximately compelled right into a convent, and later married off to a guy she didn't love, Olimpia Maidalchini vowed by no means to be negative, powerless, or beholden to any guy back. in its place, utilizing her wits, Olimpia turned the unofficial ruler of the main robust establishment on the earth: the Roman Catholic Church.
The Church firmly states that ladies has to be excluded from church management positions—but for greater than a decade within the 17th century, Olimpia ran the Vatican. As sister-in-law and reputed mistress of the indecisive Pope blameless X, she appointed cardinals, negotiated with international ambassadors, and helped herself to a heaping section of the Papal States' treasury.
In Mistress of the Vatican, New York Times bestselling writer Eleanor Herman brings to existence not just a rare girl misplaced in background yet a complete civilization in all its greatness . . . and ignominy. this is often the unforgettable tale of a girl prior to her time.