Eight Popes with relation to three historical whores. Most are children, and two Popes compete to win a Whore of Babylon contest. Check the bios from Wikipedia’s list of sexually active Popes:

Pope Benedict IX
(1032– became pope in 1044, again in 1045 and finally 1047–1048).
Accused by Bishop Benno of Piacenza of “many vile adulteries.”[40][41] Pope Victor III referred in his third book of Dialogues to “his rapes… and other unspeakable acts.”[42] His life prompted Peter Damian to write an extended treatise against illicit sex in general, and homosexuality in particular. In his Liber Gomorrhianus, Damian accused Benedict IX of routine sodomy and bestiality and sponsoring orgies.[43] In May 1045, Benedict IX resigned his office to get married.[44]

Pope John XII

accused by adversaries of adultery and incest.[33][34] Benedict of Soracte noted that he had “a collection of women”. According to Liutprand of Cremona,[26] “they testified about his adultery, which they did not see with their own eyes, but nonetheless knew with certainty: he had fornicated with the widow of Rainier, with Stephana his father’s concubine, with the widow Anna, and with his own niece, and he made the sacred palace into a whorehouse.” According to Chamberlin, John was “a Christian Caligula whose crimes were rendered particularly horrific by the office he held”.[35] Some sources report that he died 8 days after being stricken by paralysis while in the act of adultery,[33] others that he was killed by the jealous husband while in the act of committing adultery.[36][37][38][39]


The Family tree came from the Marozia page as does this incestuous clip:

At the age of fifteen, Marozia became the mistress of Theophylact’s cousin Pope Sergius III, whom she knew when he was bishop of Portus. The two had a son, John (the later Pope John XI)

At least it was his cousin’s daughter and not his own.

So from Marozia, comes Popes Benedict VIII, John XIX, Benedict IX, and the antipope Benedict X. But if you start with her mother you add  Pope John XIII  through Mazoria’s sister (also named Theodora). The term whore may or may not represent the families use of sex to garner power, but the Wikipedia article describes it that way.

Marozia’s husband, Alberic I of Spoleto , has a name that interests me and I may add more of an incestuous spin to my novel.


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