Sex Lives of the Popes

Sex Lives of the Popes

by Nigel Cawthorne


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781435104426
Publisher: Sterling
Publication date: 03/25/2008
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)

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

1The Bishop of Rome5
2Fathers and Sons22
3Ladies' Men33
4Latin Lovers42
5Pope Joan47
6The Papal Pornocracy61
7Roman Orgies72
8Craving Celibacy77
9Sex and Violence84
10Adultery in Avignon116
11Incontinence in Constance136
12Papal Pornography148
13Our Ladies159
14A Borgia Orgy Tonight171
15Holy Fathers222
16Pope Petticoat235
17The Sistine Goes Pristine243
18Just Say No258
19His Holiness Pope George Ringo265

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Sex Lives of the Popes 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
meggyweg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
melancholycat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
Jean-Michel More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!