Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross

Pope Joan

By Donna Woolfolk Cross

  • Release Date: 1996-09-03
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 45 Ratings
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"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

In this international bestseller and basis for the 2009 movie of the same name, 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.

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. 

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 . . . 

"Brings the savage ninth century vividly to life in all its alien richness. An enthralling, scholarly historical novel."
--Rebecca Fraser, Author of The Brontës


  • Great

    By Vranabestia
    Very interesting
  • Pope Joan

    By BReader
    An interesting read. The questions around the existence of this female pope are intriguing and the book is well written with a steady pace and keeps the reader engaged.
  • Pope Joan

    By Ardelle Carruthers
    I loved this book. I loved the writing, method and treatment the author used. It is a super book. I wish I could go to university and use this book in a Women's Study course using the authors questions and also many of my own thoughts As I have had at least four years of study in Church History, Bible Survey and theology. I am not expressing myself as fluently as I would want but since I have not had this opportunity I am unfamiliar with the language. (Women's Study) Thank you Sincerely Ardelle Carruthers
  • Pope Joan

    By KaseCee
    An excellent read.