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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 who had been 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 that she 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, Hubert Wolf tells the incredible story of how one woman was able to perpetrate deception, heresy, seduction, and murder in the heart of the Church itself.

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  • “Hubert Wolf [has] found something that, as they say on the Internet, will blow your mind.”


  • “Hubert Wolf’s The Nuns of Sant’Ambrogio offers a learned yet fascinating account of this incident…Wolf, who found the records of this investigation in an unlikely corner of the Vatican archives, makes the most of his story.”


  • “Hubert Wolf, a German papal scholar, deftly balances this juicy history with a raft of serious (yet accessible) research.”

    Boston Globe

  • “This sordid tale of sexual indecency, false saints, and murder within a nineteenth-century convent in Rome has all the trappings of a good thriller…Wolf (Pope and Devil), a professor of ecclesiastical history at the University of Münster, adds detailed historical context and careful explanations to elevate this tale beyond sensationalism into a more serious study of a fascinating real-life melodrama.”

    Publishers Weekly, starred review, book of the week

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