The Grim Historian
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The Grim Historian

The Banquet of the Chestnuts — The Pope’s Halloween Party Turned Orgy

What really happened at Pope Alexander VI’s scandalous fête?

Venus and Mars — Sandro Botticelli, 1485 | Public Domain

On the evening of October 30, 1501, Johann Burchard made his way through Rome’s windy streets and followed the smell of roasting pig flesh and warmed chestnuts wafting out of the Vatican Palace.

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History is Nasty, Brutish, Short, and Grim. Let these stories cheer you up.

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Carlyn Beccia

Author & illustrator. My latest books — 10 AT 10, MONSTROUS: THE LORE, GORE, & SCIENCE, and THEY LOST THEIR HEADS. Contact: CarlynBeccia.com