Sex Lives of the Popes

Sex Lives of the Popes Prion s internationally bestselling Sex Lives series presents lighthearted accounts of the sexual escapades of major figures in history politics religion the arts and film Irreverent and gossipy

  • Title: Sex Lives of the Popes
  • Author: Nigel Cawthorne
  • ISBN: 9781853755460
  • Page: 107
  • Format: Paperback
  • Prion s internationally bestselling Sex Lives series presents lighthearted accounts of the sexual escapades of major figures in history, politics, religion, the arts, and film Irreverent and gossipy, the books are packed with carnal tidbits and eye opening revelations In the last 2,000 years the Popes have set the sexual agenda for almost a quarter of the world s populatPrion s internationally bestselling Sex Lives series presents lighthearted accounts of the sexual escapades of major figures in history, politics, religion, the arts, and film Irreverent and gossipy, the books are packed with carnal tidbits and eye opening revelations 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 practised something altogether dissolute The Pope was the most powerful man on earth, and there was no one who could tell him he could not sleep with whoever he wanted There was a female Pope too, which only became apparent when she gave birth in the street Added to that there have been pornographers, homosexuals, pedophiles, womanizers, perverts, and good old fashioned adulterers who have occupied the Holy See Sex Lives of the Popes is a humorous expose of papal promiscuity.

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    1. the sheer volume of escapades starts piling up in your head as you read about pope after pope after pope and his nasty little habits. (a nun joke there haha) after a while the pile starts to smell bad and your stomach turns to nausea. if this book were written in a serious history book fashion it would be unreadable. the levity of voice is the only thing that makes the information digestible. this is hundreds of years worth of incest, murder, bestiality, orgies, concubines, kidnapping, false imp [...]

    2. The book flows to the point where you become lost in the disgusting yet repetative behavior of the popes for the first 200 or so pages and then literally cuts off the history at 1600 AD. The next 200 years are covered in about 12 pages and then it skips to a small mention of the 20th century before abruptly ending. Full of graphic and disturbing information. No citation whatsoever. I have no doubt that all of it is true as I have read plenty to support the statements but I still get bothered by [...]

    3. My reaction: Wow. So there were three good popes in the history of the Catholic church?Great concept and an eye-catching title. But that's about it. The execution was sub-par and at points a little (read: extremely) dry. But entertaining nonetheless.I also get the idea that the author thought his concept was an expose that would shock the world. In fact, the New York Times calls it an "irreverent expose", as reproduced on the front cover. Like nobody could have possibly conceived that popes were [...]

    4. I get a big kick out of all the gossip filling the pages of Cawthorne's books. Living in Rome, this one particularly tickled my fancy. Although his "reports" are gleaned from past accounts, he ignores the fact that much of the accounts at the time were coming from the equivalent of News of the World or Fox News, with posts penned by people who favored or deplored one Pope or anotherNonetheless, I love getting the dirt dished on Rome's lofty political who's who.

    5. Man, i don't know what's wrong with me but i went from wincing to ROTFL:"Pope Pius II (1458-64) had been a well known author of erotic literature, and had fathered about 12 illegitimate children.The Sistine Chapel was built by Pope Sixtus IV (1471-84). He had six illegitimate sons, of which one was the result of an incestuous relationship with his sister.Pope Julius II (1503-13) who commissioned Michelangelo to paint the ceiling of the the Sistine Chapel, was a pedophile and spent much of his ti [...]

    6. Buku ini mungkin agak sulit 'diikuti', kecuali bagi orang yang sudah punya bekal pengetahuan tentang sejarah Kepausan. Bagi orang Asia, yang umumnya tidak banyak mengetahui seluk-beluk sejarah ini, mungkin perlu mengimbangi pembacaan buku ini dengan riset pribadi.Ketika pertama kali membacanya, terus terang saya kurang mempercayai isinya. Kedengarannya terlalu provokatif, dan meskipun saya bukan seorang Katolik, agak sulit mempercayai bahwa sebagian Paus bisa melakukan hal-hal tidak senonoh sepe [...]

    7. This is something no human creature should be allowed to suffer through. There is no book per se only a very long, very boring series of historical facts, with no literary value whatsoever. Anyone would be better off reading a humorous (short!) internet article about the depraved Renaissance popes rather than having to have to go through this so-called book.To add insult to injury, the cover review depicts a 1Chumorous, yet historically accurate eye on papal promiscuity 1D, whereas the first att [...]

    8. In all honesty the book reads like a medieval version of The National Enquirer, rife with lurid stories of sex and magic crammed full to the brim with innuendo and gossip. The problem is that there is absolutely no creditable citations, or any sort of linking to source material, not to mention a complete lack of bibliography. Consequently, so much of it feels exaggerated and plain old "pulled out of the author's ass". It is for this reason I am filing it under pseudo-history particularly when th [...]

    9. Extremely poorly written with lots of misprints (della Rovere and, incorrectly, de la Rovere for the family name of Julius II in the same paragraph! half sentences randomly repeated). No historical analysis whatsoever. Conflation of the crisis of celibacy and salacious details about Renaissance popes that fails to distinguish propaganda from fact. No analysis of the place of the celibacy problem in sparking the Reformation. Stupid puerile jokes (after John Paul I, John Paul II should have been P [...]

    10. This was not exactly Shakespeare, but was an interesting read nonetheless. While I certainly don't doubt the "shortcomings" of those who held the papacy, especially through the Medieval and Renaissance periods, there was very little in the way of citations or references to the source material, which should be a warning flag to readers.Assuming that there is some factual basis to the allegations, this book should be terrifying to Catholics who look to the Pope as (1) infallible and (2) their spir [...]

    11. An historical book about the popes, it's interesting if you are into reading "text book" stuff. A history of the catholic church and its views on celibacy and sex. I learned that there was a female pope, that was in for a little over 2 years and was discovered as a woman after giving birth while riding on a horse in a holy procession! Several bishops and cardinals over the years who were women also, only after their deaths were they discovered as women.

    12. #NCOwn in hardback.FS: "Even in an age when priestly misdemeanors regularly hit the headlines, it would be hard to imagine Pope John Paul II being ministered to by a mother superior, while the college cardinals looked on."LS: "But Hayblum's story may explain why he has gone about kissing airports."

    13. I enjoyed this book, despite sometimes taking long breaks between chapters. It's dry in the beginning, mostly because historical records from that period are scant. Like most things it really picks up around the Renaissance, tho the continuous, enduring thread of incest was really interesting to read about. The book had its ups and downs but I'm glad I read it.

    14. 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.

    15. Hilarious. Written like a tabloid magazine; sensationalized and lacking in sources. Also the author makes a ton of completely baseless leaps; fun to read, but pure speculation.Verdict: should be in the humor or opinion section, NOT HISTORY.

    16. OkayI finished this dreadful thing, it makes the Inquirer look like real literature. I'd like to find an honest appraisal of the popest one that turns them all into saints and definitely not one like this claptrap. Ick.

    17. This book was poorly written and/or constructed, from memory, but entertaining to see what debauched lives popes had in the past and how sexually repressed we've become. Kinda sick to see how morality was shaped based on the fancy of the church.

    18. Fascinating book. You always knew popes were kind of corrupt, but this puts it to a whole new level. A must read!

    19. I think it was a good read but the author didn't cite any of his references so I can't count on the information to be true and accurate.

    20. this book had potential to be an interesting read but unfortunately it was not. instead it was repeating the same thing over and over again, without proper sourcing on the top of that.

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