The Nuns of Sant'Ambrogio

The Nuns of Sant'Ambrogio

A True Story of A Convent in Scandal

Book - 2015 | First United States Edition
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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.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015
Edition: First United States Edition
ISBN: 9780385351904
Branch Call Number: 271 Wolf
Characteristics: xii, 476 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm


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Feb 12, 2018

People of color are enjoying Black History Month this month. As for LGBT people of whatever ethnicity, it’s another lurid book on “lesbian initiation rites” (whatever those are), presumably purchased at public expense. Apparently, some minorities are more equal than others, and some less.

Jan 26, 2018

Church scandals are all too common now. When we hear of them it doesnt strike us as shocking...that in itself is a shame. This book describes a church scandal which happened in the 1850's. To read this you must like to read history. I did not care too much for the authors layout of the story. Overall the presentation of the details are good. At first I felt that the central character Maria Luisa, mistress of novices was just plain insane. But facts dating back even further shed light on the reasons it all happened. I am not condoning the actions only saying that it is understood as to why. Facts that could be the reason for today's similar church scandals. Interesting historic reading.


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