Mistress of the Vatican: The True Story of Olimpia by Eleanor Herman

By Eleanor Herman

Born with out a dowry, approximately compelled right into a convent, and later married off to a guy she didn't love, Olimpia Maidalchini vowed by no means to be terrible, powerless, or beholden to any guy back. as an alternative, utilizing her wits, Olimpia turned the unofficial ruler of the main robust establishment on this planet: the Roman Catholic Church.

The Church firmly states that girls needs to be excluded from church management positions—but for greater than a decade within the 17th century, Olimpia ran the Vatican. As sister-in-law and reputed mistress of the indecisive Pope blameless X, she appointed cardinals, negotiated with overseas ambassadors, and helped herself to a heaping component of the Papal States' treasury.

In Mistress of the Vatican, New York Times bestselling writer Eleanor Herman brings to existence not just a rare lady misplaced in background yet a complete civilization in all its greatness . . . and ignominy. this can be the unforgettable tale of a girl prior to her time.

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Chapter  commences the way of negative ascent by denying the names treated of in the Symbolic Theology: those that imply sensate or material reality and are the farthest from God: body, form, figure, and the like (D). But at this point the Cause of all still possesses essence, life, mind, and logos. Chapter  continues the ascent by denying some fifty of God’s intelligible names, those that are closer to the Cause: intellect, logos, being/essence (ousia), life, eternity, truth, one, unity, divinity, goodness, spirit, sonhood, fatherhood.

P. ). .  Apology  (PG :B); cf.  Apology  (PG :A). . See his Apology, chaps.  and . For much of the same, see Tatian, Oratio ad Graec.  (PG :). Athenagoras of Antioch calls God incomprehensible, invisible, eternal, and impassible (Legatio pro christianis  [PG :B]). Authors before Pseudo-Dionysius  incomprehensible in greatness, unthinkable in sublimity, inimitable in goodness. 26 Clement of Alexandria (–),27 after reminding his readers that the anthropomorphic names of scripture are to be taken only allegorically, acknowledges other names that are to be taken negatively and delineates a process, similar to Albinus’, by which one arrives at the “primary concept” of oneness by way of resolution (analysis), that is, by abstracting the three dimensions until we arrive at the point, and finally by abstracting the very position in space held by the point until we are left with unity, the primary concept.

Is an essential link between the Jewish scriptures, Greek philosophy, and later Christian writers. 11 H. A. Wolfson claims that Philo is the first to propound God as incomprehensible to the mind, since earlier Greek philosophers thought of God as incomprehensible only to the senses. 12 On the basis of his philosophical sources he is ready to grant that God is incorporeal, simple, and indivisible, but this alone would not exclude the distinction of genus and species in God and thus God’s indefinability.

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