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Pope Joan

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Pope Joan

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.

Pope Joan
by Donna Woolfolk Cross

  • Publication Date: June 9, 2009
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway
  • ISBN-10: 0307452360
  • ISBN-13: 9780307452368