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ISBN13: 9780307452368
ISBN10: 0307452360
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A world-wide bestseller, major motion picture and upcoming "Director's Cut" TV mini-series exclusively for the U.S!

"Pope Joan has all the elements one wants in a historical drama–love, sex, violence, duplicity, and long-buried secrets. Cross has written an engaging book."–Los Angeles Times Book Review

For a thousand years her existence has been denied. She is the legend that will not die–Pope Joan, the ninth-century woman who disguised herself as a man and rose to become the only female ever to sit on the throne of St. Peter. Now in this riveting novel, Donna Woolfolk Cross paints a sweeping portrait of an unforgettable heroine who struggles against restrictions her soul cannot accept.

Brilliant and talented, young Joan rebels against medieval social strictures forbidding women to learn. When her brother is brutally killed during a Viking attack, Joan takes up his cloak–and his identity–and enters the monastery of Fulda. As Brother John Anglicus, Joan distinguishes herself as a great scholar and healer. Eventually, she is drawn to Rome, where she becomes enmeshed in a dangerous web of love, passion, and politics. Triumphing over appalling odds, she finally attains the highest office in Christendom–wielding a power greater than any woman before or since. But such power always comes at a price . . .

In this international bestseller, Cross brings the Dark Ages to life in all their brutal splendor and shares the dramatic story of a woman whose strength of vision led her to defy the social restrictions of her day.

Synopsis:

"Engaging . . . Pope Joan has all the elements: love, sex, violence, duplicity, and long-buried secrets."

--Los Angeles Times Book Review

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.

"Brings the savage ninth century vividly to life in all its alien richness. An enthralling, scholarly historical novel."

--Rebecca Fraser, Author of The Brontës

About the Author

DONNA WOOLFOLK CROSS lives in upstate, New York. Visit her online at PopeJoan.com.

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bookworm21, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by bookworm21)
Is it true? Is it fiction?
We will never know but we can speculate.
Was there really a woman pope?
This book leads the way for some deep thought on the subject.
Well written and hard to put down.
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bk55238, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by bk55238)
This book is really well written and a very compelling read. The author successfully combines historical fact with an interesting story line. The main character may or may not have lived in the manner in which she is portrayed but there seems to be strong speculation that such a person did exist. The book is well researched and it prompted me to look further at some of the details. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has a strong interest in the medieval time period and the early years of the papacy.
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Luvlelwyr, September 22, 2011 (view all comments by Luvlelwyr)
Terrific, well researched book. Considering how little information is available from the Middle Ages, author Donna Cross does an excellent job of weaving together a believable story based as much on what is known as possible. As for the rest, she weaves in other tidbits of historical fact from that time. I especially appreciate the epilogue where she describes exactly what was fact, what is believed, and what she just plain made up. The story is so good, I just hope it is all as she wrote it!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307452368
Author:
Cross, Donna
Publisher:
Three Rivers Press (CA)
Author:
Cross, Donna Woolfolk
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Popes
Subject:
Joan (Legendary Pope)
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Biographical fiction
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
7.80x5.20x.90 in. .70 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , "Engaging . . . Pope Joan has all the elements: love, sex, violence, duplicity, and long-buried secrets."

--Los Angeles Times Book Review

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.

"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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