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“All roads lead to Rome” back in the 1400’s Pope Innocent VIII was know to drink the blood of young boys in an attempt to remain healthy, young and alive. Previously, he was suckling milk from nursing mothers. (These people are sick!) (From a fact based fiction book I’m reading)
He took “special” young boys or monks destined for the “castrati” and kept them for the purpose of their blood. In exchange they avoided castration as the Pope thought if castrated their blood would cause him to lose his virility. 😳most did not survive from being over-bled.
He was the same Pope who intended to sign an edict to exterminate the Jews from all of Christendom . Luckily, he died before the edict was ever signed... possibly with a little bit of help from some disease tainted blood snuck in by (incoming) Pope Alexander VIII’s poisoner. 😉
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