Zagano, who has written extensively on the subject of women deacons, is one of six women appointed by pope francis to a person commission to. According to the legend, a woman disguised herself as a monk and then rose through the ranks until she was elected to the see of rome. Best feature film at ojai and moondance film festivals. Textual references to the female pope the earliest reference to a popess can be found in the 11thcentury writing of martinus scotus, a monk from the abbey of st. She appeared in paintings, sculptures and tarot cards and was even included in a collection of papal busts in siena cathedral, italy. A woman of english extraction born in the german city of ingelheim in the ninth century disguises herself as a man and rises through the vatican ranks. It has subsequently been proved that a gap of only a few weeks fell between pope leo iv and pope benedict iii and that the story is entirely apocryphal. Who was this mysterious pope joan, and did she really exist. I guess now is the time when i needed to read the book. The first complete documentation of the facts behind the legend. Set in early medieval europe and italy the plot involves the legend of the first and only female pope. Entertaining history of female pope has scholarly gaps. The story of her papal rise and fall when she gave birth in public on a street in rome has plagued the catholic church and confounded researchers for centuries. The mythical female pope is back in the news as an academic uses medieval coins to look for physical evidence of her reign.
She is the legend that will not diepope joan, the ninthcentury woman who disguised herself as a man and rose to become the only female ever to sit on the throne of st. The first complete documentation of the facts behind the legend hardcover august 1, 1988 by rosemary pardoe author, darroll pardoe author 4. It was, therefore, their starting point for any analysis of the cards. And now, an analysis of ancient silver coins suggests that the ordained woman may have actually lived. After a very shocking trauma, joan chose to live in 2 worlds.
The golden mitre he wore on his head was studded with rubies and emeralds. Advocate says quest for female deacons not over, despite. The statue that still stands in rome is joanna with a papal crown. Her story first appeared in chronicles in the th century and subsequently spread throughout europe. Ewtns papal posse criticizes popes establishment of yet. Pope joan has all the elements one wants in a historical. The mystery of pope joan, theorize that if a female pope did exist, a more plausible time frame is 1086 and 1108, when there were several antipopes. The first written account of pope joan can be traced to a th century work known as the chronica universalis mettensis chronicle of metz. The vaticans official records state that all of the more than 260 catholic popes have been men, but according to a medieval legend, a lady pontiff may have reigned for a brief period in the.
That is how the story has been written and numerous images exist from after the event but hard evidence to. See all 2 formats and editions hide other formats and editions. Her status would be indisputable even if the cards name wasnt included at the bottom. The golden staff he held in his hand glistened in the sunlight. British journalist peter stanford investigated this legend.
The female pope was arrested, and she was thrown in jail. In the 9th century, pope joan wore the holy robes for more than two years before her deception was dramatically revealed. Mischievous romans hung banners in churches calling her pope olimpia i. Pope joan, legendary female pontiff who supposedly reigned for more than 25 months, from 855 to 858, under the title of john viii. Lots of womens issues here and if you enjoy historical fiction this is perfect. Directed by sonke wortmann, it stars johanna wokalek as joan, david wenham as gerold, her lover, and john goodman as pope sergius ii. Pope joan is a fictional account based on the legend of a woman who served as pope under the guise of a man in the midninth century. Most sixteenth and seventeenth century protestants considered that their cause was best served by stoutly defending the reality of pope joan. With liv ullmann, jeremy kemp, natasa nicolescu, sharon winter. Knowing of pope innocents absolute dependence on his sisterinlaw, cardinal alessandro bichi angrily declared on the day of innocents election, we have just elected a female pope. At least thats what legend and hundreds of medieval records claim.
I couldnt stop listening to it, and after i finished i thought more about the carichtors. On good friday, 30 march, the german newspaper augsburger allgemeine published an interview with father anselm grun, a prolific book author and progressive german monk who had just received public praise by pope francis, in february of 2018. To think, i bought it months ago, and its sat on my shelf all that time. This concept challenges the roman catholic church and i was so delighted that this wasnt the. The first complete documentation of the facts behind the legend pardoe, rosemary, pardoe, darroll on. One was a bible, the second was a book called, entrance to heaven, which was a guide for priests. Sep 03, 2018 the female pope was arrested, and she was thrown in jail. In the late middle ages, a popular legend advanced the story of a. New book by pope benedict, cdl sarah rules out female. The pattersonpaetro partnership returns with a oneoff novel that seeks to explore faith, religion, and the strength in both that one woman possesses in the modern world.
New book by pope benedict, cdl sarah rules out female deacons. Pope joan begins her life as a precocious english child with a thirst for knowledge who eventually fools everyone to become pope. The book contains the following account of the female pope. Father paul told her to be seated by the fire, picked up the book in. Brilliant and talented, young joan rebels against the medieval social strictures forbidding women to learn to read and write. The catholic church has always denied the stories, but they refuse to go away. Mar 21, 2019 according to the myth, this female pope, called forever after pope joan, was originally from mainz, germany, and had made her way to athens as a young woman in the company of a lover.
Smashwords the female pope the true story of pope joan. Joan from history, excluding her from his book on the lives of the popes. The book follows joans entire life, from birth until death, and in a way serves as a tour of the early middle ages from a distinctly feminist point of view. The first complete documentation of the facts behind the legend hardcover august 1, 1988 by rosemary pardoe author, darroll pardoe author. Polonus provides a more vivid picture of the life of pope joan. Why the legend of medieval pope joan persists smart news. New book by pope benedict, cdl sarah rules out female deacons the impossibility of female deacons has already been settled definitively by saint john paul ii. Sep 19, 2018 according to a british library blog post written after rihanna donned papal mitre for the 2018 met gala, the first direct mention of joan appears some 300 years after the female pope was claimed. We personally assess every book s quality and offer rare, outofprint treasures. Apr 25, 2017 the most influential narrative of the female pope comes from the 16 th century chronicle of popes and emperors by another dominican. That is how the story has been written and numerous images exist from after the event but hard evidence to corroborate this event has been missing. Legends of a medieval female pope may tell the truth live. She is the legend that will not diethe woman who disguised herself as a man and sat for two years on the papal throne. The legend of pope joan was there really a female pope.
Oct 15, 2014 posts about female pope written by philo. Rare book dealers in rome pull ancient tarot cards from their shelves. Mar 21, 2020 zagano, who has written extensively on the subject of women deacons, is one of six women appointed by pope francis to a person commission to study the womens diaconate. Apr 17, 2020 it is to be hoped that the fact that pope francis chose two of the authors of this new book as members of the new female deacon commission is a sign that he was convinced by their arguments and. Legends of a medieval female pope may tell the truth. Cooke was a calvinist, fiercely anticatholic, and his book on the female popehe unsurprisingly maintained that the story of joan was.
Nov 14, 2019 the 14 thcentury writer giovanni boccaccio mentioned joan in a book about famous women. This priest now claims that a female pope is very well a possibility in the future. For the most part this novel is the story of a young woman, whose desire to gain more. Pope joan, legendary female pontiff who supposedly reigned, under the title of john viii, for slightly more than 25 months, from 855 to 858, between the pontificates of st. Now in this riveting novel, cross paints a sweeping portrait of an unforgettable heroine who struggles against restrictions her soul cannot accept. Pope joan by donna woolfolk cross you may have heard the legend that a female pope once sat on the throne of peter peter was the. After having done some extensive research on the subject of a previous female pope, i have come to. Stunning story about the first alleged female pope. Our book on the legend of pope joan was published in hardback by crucible thorsons in 1988, and has been out of print for many years. The prologue takes place 20 years in the future a reporter at the vatican muses on the possibility of a female pope, and then the scene shifts to a mother getting her daughter ready for easter sunday services and the sudden realization that this mother is the female priest the reporter was thinking of. When i think of the book pope joan, written by the amazing writer donna cross, i am filled with awe and pride.
No one knows for sure if pope joan, or pope john anglicus as she called herself, really existed. According to the myth, this female pope, called forever after pope joan, was originally from mainz, germany, and had made her way to athens as a young woman in the company of a lover. Most modern scholars believe the story likely arose out of satire directed at the holy see, in attempts to belittle a particular pope, or the papacy itself the story. The vaticans official records state that all of the more than 260 catholic popes have been men, but according to a medieval legend, a lady pontiff may have. Totally conceivable that a female who wants to learn to read and write and is not allowed to could live a life that unfolds like this. In some accounts, she was later executed with her name being removed from the papal rolls. Polonus was wellconnected to the roman monarchy and his work was widely circulated. Rosemary and darroll pardoe, authors of the female pope. Following a popular literary convention of the time, cooke cast his text as a dialogue between a papist pap and a protestant pro. I was enthralled with the concept of the book, the front story of the first woman considered for the position of pope, but it was so much more than that. Jan, 2020 new book by pope benedict, cdl sarah rules out female deacons the impossibility of female deacons has already been settled definitively by saint john paul ii, wrote cardinal sarah mon jan. One in which she is almost a man, a priest who does many almost unbelievable things. Pope joan by donna woolfolk cross you may have heard the legend that a female pope once sat on the throne of peter peter was the first pope, and author donna woolfolk cross brings her.
Researchers find physical evidence for the existence of a. Medieval legends claim that pope joan was the first and only female pope. For many centuries it was accepted almost without discussion that the priesthood, and pastoral work more generally, was. The true story of pope joan by oliver hayes available from rakuten kobo. Was pope joan, the female pope, a real person or just a myth. Pope joan has recently become one of my most favorite books. I myself believe the book s contents to have historical accuracy. In this book oliver hayes looks at the legends of a female pope and uncovers the startline truth that lies behind them. Book summary a masterwork of suspense and passion that has as its center an unforgettable woman, the 9th century pope joan. The author clearly believes there was and that many tried to erase her existence from history.
The secret female pope by eleanor herman and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. Mistress of the vatican the true story of olimpia maidalchini. As she had a great aptitude for scholarship, she disguised herself as a man and became proficient in law, theology and philosophy. Completely different from any of my previous experiences with his books. The paperback of the pope joan by donna woolfolk cross at barnes.
It is to be hoped that the fact that pope francis chose two of the authors of this new book as members of the new female deacon commission is. Thriftbooks sells millions of used books at the lowest everyday prices. The third and forth were written in latin, a language in which joan had no knowledge. The story was widely believed for centuries, but most modern scholars regard it as fictional.
While this book is a work of fiction, there is a section at the end of the book where the author describes her research into this project. Donna woolfolk cross takes a thousand year old legend and writes a compelling back story that left me with many questions. Pope joan was, supposedly, a mome female pope who reigned during the middle ages. For a decade in the seventeenth century a woman ran the catholic church, through her brotherinlaw and reputed lover, pope innocent x. For centuries rumours and legends have swirled about that one woman did get to be pope in rome. In medieval europe, a pious young woman becomes a scholar of theology, disguises herself as a man, rises through the catholic church hierarchy and is elected pope. In ad 854, lotharii 14, joanna, a woman, succeeded leo, and reigned two years, five months, and four days. This book opened my mind up to what life was like for females at this time in history. With johanna wokalek, david wenham, john goodman, iain glen. According to a british library blog post written after rihanna donned papal mitre for the 2018 met gala, the first direct mention of joan appears.
The first complete documentation of the facts behind the legendwho. After finishing donna cross novelization of joans life, one may want her to be a real person, only because it is so gratifying to read about those rare heroes whose strength of vision enables them to ignore the almost overpowering messages of their own historical periods. There is some debate as to whether there really was a female pope. This is an advance read of james pattersons new book woman of god. Boccaccio included joan in his book of famous women, holding her up as a negative example of a clever woman who had the audacity to. Whilst the story of the female pope in the chronica minor. The 14 thcentury writer giovanni boccaccio mentioned joan in a book about famous women. Ewtns papal posse criticizes popes establishment of. The muchdebated story of pope joan holds that a woman disguised herself as a man and served as pope for two years in the ninth century. A guidebook for pilgrims to rome told readers that the female popes remains were buried at st peters. Brigid fitzgerald has been working in south sudan, serving as a doctor and trauma surgeon in a wartorn corner of the country.97 124 1280 57 277 611 446 1496 304 449 1316 1274 960 906 422 1422 588 1312 356 3 1538 1498 366 985 383 1346 614 279 223 702 1436 1498 346 1425 113