I've been doing some research on the Church leading up to the year AD 1000, and will be writing up an article in the next month. I'm curious if anyone can recommend any good Catholic sources that give an accurate treatment to the so-called "pornocracy" period of the Papacy. The term means "rule by prostitutes" and refers to period when Popes came under the influence of a woman named Theodora. She is reputed to have mistress and mother to Popes. Some sources I read say the woman of Rome were afraid to go to Mass for fear of being sexually assaulted. Pope John XII alledgedly turned the Lateran Palace into a brotherl and died while in the very act of adultery.
If all that is true, it's true. It doesn't change the Holy foundation and mission of the Church or Christ's promise to preserve it. My question is how much is true? I know a good deal of propaganda use has been made of the era by opponents of the Church- "pornocracy" was coined by Protestants several centuries later. So while I'm not shy about acknowledging true history, I don't want to relate things that simply aren't true.
So can anyone recommend a book that would give a fair and accurate account of the topic.
Pax Christi and God bless