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by Donna Woolfolk Cross
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JulieM
JulieM rated it 7 years ago
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...
K.
K. rated it 8 years ago
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...
Chrissie's Books
Chrissie's Books rated it 9 years ago
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...
Second Bookses
Second Bookses rated it 9 years ago
While I am a lapsed Catholic, my parents are still very much involved in the Church themselves. My father, however, is a great lover of Catholic history, myth, and controversies, and loaned me Pope Joan: A Novel by Donna Woolfolk Cross in a swap for The DaVinci Code.::: The Legend Becomes Fiction ::...
Elysium
Elysium rated it 9 years ago
DNF page 178Not a bad book really but I was too bored and it just didn't do it for me.
Ad Girl-Book Worm
Ad Girl-Book Worm rated it 11 years ago
Right up my alley -- completely entertained!
cczarneckikernus
cczarneckikernus rated it 12 years ago
Perhaps she was real. Set in novel form, details of the dark middle ages place you in the era. I liked the feminist perspective of Joan.
Bashara Likes Books
Bashara Likes Books rated it 12 years ago
I think I must be alone, but I found this to be really truly hideous and one of the worst examples of the historical fiction genre. I give an extra star because I was able to finish it (vs. chucking it across the room).
Kiwiria
Kiwiria rated it 12 years ago
I've always been very fond of historical novels, and Pope Joan is definitely one of my favourites. It still bugs me to see how badly Joan is treated, just because she's a girl, but I know it's appropriate for the age the story takes place in, and find it fascinating to read how she succeeds despite ...
misfitandmom
misfitandmom rated it 13 years ago
Interesting take on the legend, but has some flaws. I think I'm going to be another one in the minority here. I found the idea of a woman disguised as a man seated on the papal throne to be an interesting legend and the author did a decent job with it. I appreciated the research the author took on t...
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