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Marozia

As well as be­ing the mis­tress, mur­der­ess, mother and grand­mother of popes, this canny no­ble­woman be­came sen­a­trix and pa­tri­cian of Rome, and queen con­sort of Italy. Ever since she was the teenage lover of Pope Sergius III, pro­duc­ing a bas­tard heir, she aligned her­self with those who could help her fur­ther con­sol­i­date power, while killing those that stood in her way. De­spite years of supreme in­flu­ence, and en­sur­ing the House of Theo­phy­lact dom­i­nated the Pa­pal States for years to come, things did not end well for Marozia.

She was topped by her own schem­ing son Duke Al­beric II, who im­pris­oned her in a tower for five years un­til her death in 937.

ex­tra tip: em­brace your in­ner cuck­old. The most pop­u­lar way to get in

Marozia’s good books is to be weak and eas­ily con­trolled.

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