In the last 2,000 years the popes have set the sexual agenda for almost a quarter of the world’s population. But while preaching chastity from on high, many have practiced something altogether more dissolute. Yet as the most powerful men on earth and with a direct line to God, it would appear that there was no one who could tell them how they should behave when it came to temptations of the flesh.
Sex Lives of the Popes is a humorous exposé of papal promiscuity from the decadent papal court in Avignon to the scandals of the Borgia popes in Rome.
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About the Author
Nigel Cawthorne has been a writer and editor for twenty-five years and has written, contributed to and edited more than sixty books on a wide range of subjects. He has also contributed to the London Guardian, Daily Mail, Mirror and the New York Tribune, among others.
Table of Contents
|1||The Bishop of Rome||5|
|2||Fathers and Sons||22|
|6||The Papal Pornocracy||61|
|9||Sex and Violence||84|
|10||Adultery in Avignon||116|
|11||Incontinence in Constance||136|
|14||A Borgia Orgy Tonight||171|
|17||The Sistine Goes Pristine||243|
|18||Just Say No||258|
|19||His Holiness Pope George Ringo||265|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Meh. I think this book had some substantial inaccuracies -- I have read that Lucrezia Borgia was actually a decent woman who never committed any incest or killed anybody (though her dad and brother are another story). I didn't enjoy this book nearly as much as I thought I would; I thought it was shallow as well as sloppily researched.
It was interesting seeing the scandals of the popes, but the book would have benefited from a better flow and a bibliography to substantiate all of the actions of these popes. It suffers from lack of evidence and a very chaotic flow.
The significant downside to this book is that the author completely left out any references. This could have been a really good book if it had demonstrated where the "facts" were coming from. As a result it could easily be classified as anti-Catholic trash. This is a naughty, irreverent little book that in many ways makes it clear that the history of Catholic popes was littered with men and women of base character. These individuals may have focused their lives on the spiritual, but did not forget or forfeit their carnal desires. Some were totally depraved while others were just human. It is something to read when the rose colored glasses are getting rather thick.
I picked up this book on a whim because the title sounded fun and boy did I luck out! Each page is filled with amazing unbelievable facts about the sex lives of the popes. The facts are written well in an easy to read format. You can't help but share your new information with friends. I read this book on vacation and then gave it to my friend to read and we couldn't stop reading the unbelievable facts to each other. This book is a must read!