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The Nuns of Sant'Ambrogio
The Nuns of Sant'Ambrogio: The True Story of a Convent in Scandal | Hubert Wolf
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A true, never-before-told story—discovered in a secret Vatican archive—of sex, poison, and lesbian initiation rites in a nineteenth-century convent. In 1858, a German princess, recently inducted into the convent of Sant’Ambrogio in Rome, wrote a frantic letter to her cousin, a confidant of the Pope, claiming that she was being abused and feared for her life. What the subsequent investigation by the Church’s Inquisition uncovered were the extraordinary secrets of Sant’Ambrogio and the illicit behavior of the convent’s beautiful young mistress, Maria Luisa. Having convinced those under her charge that she was having regular visions and heavenly visitations, Maria Luisa began to lead and coerce her novices into lesbian initiation rites and heresies. She entered into a highly eroticized relationship with a young theologian known as Padre Peters—urging him to dispense upon her, in the privacy and sanctity of the confessional box, what the two of them referred to as the “special blessing.” What emerges through the fog of centuries is a sex scandal of ecclesiastical significance, skillfully brought to light and vividly reconstructed in scholarly detail. Offering a broad historical background on female mystics and the cult of the Virgin Mary, and drawing on written testimony and original documents, Professor Wolf—Germany’s leading scholar of the Catholic Church, and among the very first scholars to be granted access to the archives of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, formerly the office of the Inquisition—tells the incredible story of how one woman was able to perpetrate deception, heresy, seduction, and murder in the heart of the Church itself. From the Hardcover edition.
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Stephjotsdown
Panpan

Boring text book style of writing. TBH, I didn't finish it. Read about 10% and ditched it.

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Buechersuechtling
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Thank you, @Stephjotsdown for arising my interest in this story with your blurb. 🧡 My online library has it in stock and I just put it on the wish list I keep there.

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Stephjotsdown
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This is going to be a very interesting read

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speljamr
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Starting this one today. Looks like it's going to be a hell of a ride.

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Theaelizabet Wow. 3mo
LeahBergen That sounds fascinating! 3mo
Cathythoughts ♥️👍🏻looking forward to your thoughts 3mo
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