By Eleanor Herman
Born with no dowry, approximately pressured right into a convent, and later married off to a guy she didn't love, Olimpia Maidalchini vowed by no means to be terrible, powerless, or beholden to any guy back. as a substitute, utilizing her wits, Olimpia grew to become the unofficial ruler of the main strong establishment on this planet: the Roman Catholic Church.
The Church firmly states that girls needs 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 overseas 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 lady misplaced in background yet a whole civilization in all its greatness . . . and ignominy. this can be the unforgettable tale of a lady sooner than her time.