The Pope Who Wrote an Erotic Novel

Before his rapid rise to the top of the Catholic Church, Pius II had a secret passion for scandalous stories. And they may have been inspired by his own life.

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A sex-scene illustration from the erotic novel “The Tale of Two Lovers,” by Aeneas Silvius Bartholomeus. (Courtesy Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1925, via The Met)
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A page from “The Tale of Two Lovers.” (Courtesy Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1925, via The Met)
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A portrait of Pope Pius II by the painter Pintoricchio, 1502–1507. (Via Wikimedia Commons)

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