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Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross
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Jan 14, 12

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Read in January, 2001

Okay, so I am a pushover for historical fiction and a book about the a historical event that was very likely true, is nearly overwhelming. This book, however, has it all. Well researched, eloquently written, Pope Joan is compelling story on all fronts.

The premise that a woman was able to conceal her identity through her ascendance from monk to pope is astounding and appears to be based in fact. The difficulty of the times is brought in to sharp focus as we see the plight of women in the Middle Ages and the intense irony that a woman could become pope.

This book presents an account of the struggle of women for justice and the enduring exclusion that marks the Catholic Church to this day.
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