The problem I had is the incredible coincidences throughout the book where Joan is just saved i...more
That discussion ended up shading me slightly when I began to read, thinking, "Rea...more
A woman from Frankish lands with Saxon and English heritage in the 9th century going out there and doing it for herself. It is a thinking person's book. Lots of Latin in there, of course, because the language used in the church then was Latin. But don't let that stop you fro...more
Daughter of a canon who values women little and definitely finds them unworthy of an education her Joan has to struggle from early on to pursue her studies. Luckily she finds a monk willing to help he...more
After I signed up for the ring that was organised for this book, I completely forgot again. Untill a while ago I got a reminder that I was next in line.
Having a lot to read already, I hesitated. Should I skip, or read it? I choose the latter, and boy am I glad I did!
First of all I just loved the book, the way it was written. Despite it is in English and my knowlegde of (English terms for) medieval objects, customs etc. is limited, that did not hinder me at all from reading and...more
Joan is not content to take what society says she should be, born the year of 814 - A smart child of a canon (priest) and Saxon woman (Gudrun who confessed to believe in Christ to save her life after her village had all perished)- Joan learns her older brother, Matthew's lessons. Until he dies. Then There is a visiting scholar (Aesculapius) sees promise in her and teaches her and her younger brother, John. Later, her father lets John...more
Joan Anglicus is a frustrated young girl. The brightest and most scholarly of all her siblings, she is often denied the chance to learn because of her sex. The Dark Ages were a time when womens brains were thought to be smaller than a man's and only needed for child bearing. Why teach a girl to read and write? Joan cannot accept this. She runs away with her older bro...more
"La papessa Giovanna è uno dei personaggi più straordinari e affascinanti della storia occidentale, e uno dei meno conosciuti. Molti non ne hanno mai sentito parlare, e chi ne ha sentito parlare considera la sua storia una leggenda."
Queste sono le parole dell'autrice.
Non possediamo di reali fonti storiche, che provino che questa figura femminile, così determinata e saggia, sia realmente esistita e sia diventata un Papa.
Giovanna è un personaggio straordinar...more
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 note, which supports her belief that Pope Joan did exist, between the acknowledged Pope Leo IV and Pope Benedict III. I found her arguments undeniably convincing. I do not know whether Pope Joan existed...more
Partly considered as a religious hoax, Pope Joan is such a controversial character in Catholicsm. Not many believe in her existence as a true story. But some of historical track might show that she was there and then under a shadow of male supe...more
At its heart, this story is a great romance. Be warned, the protagonist is much younger than her life's love, an...more
Cross has done a superb job bringing the tale of Pope Joan to life in this riveting, epic page-turner. From the very first page, you become irresistibly engrossed in the captivating saga of this girl who was born into a world that limited her behavior, but could not dominate her ambitious spirit, determined t...more
This novelization is recent, and did not engage me... oh well, will have to write this Vatican blockbuster myself. Dan Brown, step aside.... :-)
A really well-written story without the two major pitfalls of many historical novels (too many characters, and pages upon pages of explaining things that were done then that aren't done now. A simple 'Then X spread the rushes' is much better than two and a half pages of diatribe on how she gathered the rushes and what exactly was on the floor beneath, how this might lead to sickness, etc and etc...more
Joan suffered in her youth at the had of a cruel father. He was a village priest of little standing. It was during the time when priests could still marry - but it was not totally common. Her father had captured her mother during a crusade against the "heathens". He only wanted...more
Seit Jahrhunderten diskutiert man die These, dass im 10. Jahrhundert eine Frau auf dem Stuhl Petri gesessen haben soll. Es gibt "Beweise" und "Gegenbeweise" und dieses Themas nimmt sich die Autorin hier an. Aber es ist keine Auseinandersetzung der Tatsachen, sondern vielmehr reine Fiktion die hier geschrieben wird. In vielen Punkten weicht die Autorin bei der Beschreibung der Johanna davon ab, was dieser historisch zugeschrieben wird. Dies tut aber letztlich nichts zur Sa...more
Of course, if it did happen, we must also believe that the ninth centur...more
"Engaging . . . Pope Joan has all the elements: love, sex, violence, duplicity, and long-buried secrets."
--Los Angeles Times Book Review
For a thousand years men have denied her existence--Pope Joan, the woman who disguised herself as a man and rose to rule Christianity for two years. Now this compelling novel animates the legend with a portrait of an unforgettable woman who struggles againstrestrictions her soul cannot accept.
When her older brother dies in a Viking attack, the brilliant young
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