I agree with the Kirkus review; the author does make Olimpia seem like a 17th Century Scarlett O’Hara. As a subject, Olimpia Maidalchini, is flawed and complex but never dull. The author writes of her at once like a villain, a misunderstood female, and then as victor over the male-dominated society of her time. I enjoyed the book but will warn that church sexism is very difficult to endure, even as a reader, it must have seemed terrifying as a citizen.
Fascinating and very well written. A wonderful read!
Well written, historical, entertaining and informative. I highly recommend it.
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