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Staff Pick: The Nuns of Sant'Ambrogio by Hubert Wolf

by Lynn

Seemingly the stuff of fiction, this is an all too true tale of illicit sex, poisonings, and the Inquisition. Wolf beautifully recounts the spiritual crisis of a woman in a time of social and political upheaval.

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From the publisher:

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 feared for her life. A subsequent investigation by the Church's Inquisition uncovered the shocking secrets of a convent ruled by a beautiful young mistress, who coerced her novices into lesbian initiation rites and heresies, and who entered into an illicit relationship with a young theologian. Drawing upon written testimony and original documents discovered in a secret Vatican archive, The Nuns of Sant'Ambrogio is the never-before-told true story of how one woman was able to practice deception, heresy, seduction, and murder in the heart of the Catholic Church. Vintage, $17.00

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