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... show more
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 ReviewFor 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.
Publish date: June 9th 2009
Publisher: Broadway Books
Pages no: 432
Edition language: English
Nun gut, diese Geschichte ist mir nicht neu: Angeblich soll im 9. Jahrhundert für zwei Jahre eine Frau auf dem Thron der katholischen Kirche gesessen haben. Mit dieser Legende (oder laut Autorin diesem Fakt) beschäftigt sich die Geschichte. Zum Glück gipfelt das Buch erst in der Tatsache, dass Johan...
This is historic fiction at its best. The story of a intelligent young girl who hid her gender so that she could study in the monasteries. She rose in the Catholic hierarchy all the way to the top to become Pope - I guess she really leaned in to her career! People in Rome still talk about whether...
I have wanted to read this book for so long and now I'm done! What do I say about this, the idea that a woman could rise above her "station" in the 9th century and become one of the most revered and powerful figures in her society?I love it! The author provides some compelling evidence to toward the...
Mediano e tal... (http://labirinto-livros.blogspot.com/2012/02/papisa-joana.html)A Papisa Joana é uma obra que até ao ano passado, nunca tinha ouvido falar. Mesmo quando conheci esta obra, nunca fiquei completamente interessada. Não porque a cultura e a herança histórica da nossa civilização não me ...
NO SPOILERS!!!In conclusion, having completed this novel, having struggled through to the end, I can say I did not like it. I didn't like it from the start to the end. When I voice this opinion, I am obviously in the minority. I do appreciate that the author concluded with an informative author's n...