Who To Befriend
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.