Midnight Oil Books

Wise Virgin

Dark History of the Popes

A beautiful 250 page book with hundreds of color illustrations. Tells the story of the vice, murder and corruption in the Vatican from the Dark Ages through WWII.

Highlights include:

Formosus (891-896) who was dug up from his grave, put on trial and then thrown in the Tiber. 

Pope John XII (955-964) who ran a brothel in the Vatican.

Pope Innocent III (1198-1216) who ran the Albigensian Crusade which killed over 1 million over 20 years.

Alexander VI (1492-1503) Fathered eight children by four mistresses and bribed his way to the Vatican.

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*** Customer reviews from Amazon
handsome, over-sized hardback with dustjacket. Pictorial board, sewn binding; 256 pp; color and b&w illustrations throughout.

The Cadaver Synod, The Rule of Harlots, and Other Vatican Scandals
Genocide: The Cathars, Part I
Genocide: The Cathars, Part II
Popes and Witches
The Borgias
The Galileo Affair
The Prisoner of the Vatican, Part I
The Prisoner of the Vatican, Part II
The Pope and the Nazis

This book is very interesting, and the illustrations are impeccable. While not particularly cheerful, this is a good book and contains a wealth of information about the many corrupt popes and the many and varied atrocities that they have perpetrated. Overall, a good read.

If you are interested in getting down to brass tax on the popes, this book is for you. If you are a closed minded person, this book is not for you. The atrocities of the Catholic Church reach far and wide to the individual who seeks those answers. But the person who doesn't want the truth, or wants to only read bias books that paint a rosy history this is not for you. Also see, "Dark Side of Christian History" by Helen Ellerbe. The Popes reads alot like a text book, it is written in a format that is very easy to read with wonderful picture illustration that help the reader understand. Other books that will help in this field see: Michael Tsarion (all works). Welcome to the Age of Information, where the truth cannot hide anymore!