Pope Alexander VI sure as hell knew how to give people that old time religion... c. 1492.
Once he became Pope Alexander VI, Vatican parties, already wild, grew wilder. They were costly, but he could afford the lifestyle of a Renaissance prince… One, known to Romans as the Ballet of the Chestnuts, was held on October 30, 1501…
“Candelabra were set up on the floor; scattered among them were chestnuts, which … the courtesans had to pick up, crawling between the candles. Then the serious sex started. Guests stripped and ran out on the floor, where they mounted, or were mounted by, the prostitutes. The coupling took place … in front of everyone present. Servants kept score of each man’s orgasms, for the pope greatly admired virility and measured a man’s machismo by his ejaculative capacity.
This surely sheds new light on the popes’ antagonism to condoms.
Read more about “the rampant pope” at Stephen Hicks’ place.