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ISBN13: 9780345416261
ISBN10: 0345416260
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For a thousand years men have denied her existence — Pope Joan, the woman who disguised herself as a man and rose to rule Christianity for two years. Now this compelling novel animates the legend with a portrait of an unforgettable woman who struggles against restrictions her soul cannot accept.

When her older brother dies in a Viking attack, the brilliant young Joan assumes his identity and enters a Benedictine monastery where, as Brother John Anglicus, she distinguishes herself as a scholar and healer. Eventually drawn to Rome, she soon becomes enmeshed in a dangerous mix of powerful passion and explosive politics that threatens her life even as it elevates her to the highest throne in the Western world.

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"Engaging...Pope Joan has all the elements: love, sex, violence, duplicity, and long-buried secrets." The Los Angeles Times Book Review

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"Brings the savage ninth century vividly to life in all its alien richness. An enthralling, scholarly historical novel." Rebecca Fraser, Author of The Brontës

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"A fascinating story...Explores the extraordinary life of an independent, intelligent, and courageous woman who overcomes oppression and ascends to the highest religious power." The San Francisco Chronicle

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"A vivid and compelling re-creation of the Dark Ages." Mary Ellen Quinn, Booklist

About the Author

'Donna Woolfolk Cross graduated cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Pennsylvania in 1969 with a B.A. in English. She moved to London, England, after graduation and worked as an editorial assistant for a small publishing house on Fleet Street, W.H. Allen and Company. Upon her return to the United States, Cross worked at Young and Rubicam, a Madison Avenue advertising firm, before going on to graduate school at UCLA where she earned a master\'s degree in Literature and Writing in 1972.

In 1973, Cross moved to Syracuse, New York, with her husband and began teaching in the English department at an upstate New York college. She is the author of two books on language, Word Abuse and Mediaspeak, and coauthor of Speaking of Words. The product of seven years of research and writing, Pope Joan is her first novel. Cross is at work on a new novel set in 17th century France.'

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Mirella, October 13, 2009 (view all comments by Mirella)
Pope Joan is one of those remarkable novels that evokes images of a spectacular time and period. Pope Joan's achievements, in the face of social oppression against women punishable by death, are remarkable, even in today's world. How a impoverished child, abused, ignored, and trod upon, achieved the greatest throne in Christendom is truly a marvel. But that is not the only reason why this story is so endearing. It is the impeccable research and details into the Dark Ages that makes this novel resound with vibrancy.

The novel is rich with intrigue, murderous plots, deadly secrets, adversity, religious zealots, and power mongers. Add to this, a secondary plot of love and loss, and you have a tale that is truly riveting. It is no wonder the novel will soon be made into a major motion picture.
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Krista Smith-Moroziuk, August 10, 2009 (view all comments by Krista Smith-Moroziuk)
Donna Woolfol Cross is a writer to watch out for. Her debut novel is a masterpiece of suspense. A great summer read that keeps you reading late into the night.
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emma_p, July 10, 2009 (view all comments by emma_p)
A confession- I looked ahead to the end of this book. I read the section at the back where the author presents the evidence for Joan's existence. Unfortunately for me, the ending to the novel is revealed there. And yet I kept reading because I was so eager to see how Joan got there. The author is very talented (I could write a paragraph on her use of suspense), and the reader is compelled to keep reading, to see what Joan does next.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345416261
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Cross, Donna Woolfolk
Author:
Cross, Donna Woolfolk
Author:
Cross, Donna
Publisher:
Three Rivers Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Church History
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Legends
Subject:
Popes
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Joan
Subject:
Joan (Legendary Pope)
Subject:
Popes -- Legends -- Fiction.
Subject:
Women -- History -- Middle Ages, 500-1500 -- Fiction.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
18
Publication Date:
20090609
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8 x 5.15 x .9 in .7 lb

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"Review" by , "Engaging...Pope Joan has all the elements: love, sex, violence, duplicity, and long-buried secrets."
"Review" by , "Brings the savage ninth century vividly to life in all its alien richness. An enthralling, scholarly historical novel."
"Review" by , "A fascinating story...Explores the extraordinary life of an independent, intelligent, and courageous woman who overcomes oppression and ascends to the highest religious power."
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