Pope Joan

Author
Donna Woolfolk Cross 
Summary
<b>"<i>Pope Joan</i>&#xa0;has all the elements one wants in a historical drama – love, sex, violence, duplicity, and long-buried secrets. Cross has written an engaging book."<i>–Los Angeles Times Book Review<br /></i></b><br />In this international bestseller and basis for the 2009 movie of the same name<i>,</i> Donna Woolfolk 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.<br /><br />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, Cross paints a sweeping portrait of an unforgettable heroine who struggles against restrictions her soul cannot accept.&#xa0;<br /><br />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 . . .&#xa0;<br />&#xa0;<br /><br />"Brings the savage ninth century vividly to life in all its alien richness. An enthralling, scholarly historical novel."<br />--Rebecca Fraser, Author of The Brontës
Genre
Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature  Action & Adventure 
Price
$11.99
Average User Rating
4.5
User Rating Count
298
Release Date
1996-09-03


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