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THE EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF THE ENGLISH WOMAN WHO FOOLED THE VATICAN. The legend of Pope Joan - the woman who, dressed as a man, headed the Catholic church in the early ninth century - has always been a subject of fascinated speculation but rarely, until now, the subject of serious research. As the future over women in the catholic priesthood continues, and the Church, which once took her story as gospel, now tries to play down the rumours, it is time for a reappraisal. Here Peter Stanford, author of The Devil: A Biography, reveals what can, and cannot, be known of this incredible story, and of the extraordinary woman behind it. In this fascinating account, ranging from secret histories to conspiracy theories, medieval carvings to tarot cards, women priests to cross-dressing clerics, and from romantic fiction to hard facts, he delivers a major study of historical detective work.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780749320676
ISBN-10: 0749320672
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 14mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd
Publisher: Cornerstone
Publish Date: 1-Apr-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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UK Kirkus Review » Did she or didn't she? Could a German woman of English parentage pull off one of the greatest deceptions of all time and rise, disguised as a man, to the pinnacle of the Catholic Church in the ninth century? Did Pope Joan exist? Or was she invented as anti-Catholic propaganda? Those are the questions Stanford, author of The Devil, asks in this enthralling book which takes the reader in many directions in search of an answer. (Kirkus UK)


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