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Subject: Pope Joan
Date Posted: 8/20/2008 4:44 PM ET
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I just finished Pope Joan--what a wonderful read! I thoroughly enjoyed it, and it met my highest standard for historical fiction, it was so well written that it left me thinking that it certainly must have been true history!

I loved the author's note at the back--anyone know more about whether there truly was a female pope in the 9th century?  if so, and if she's anything like the portrayal of Joan in this book, she's a girl after my own heart!

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 5:44 PM ET
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I also liked Pope Joan. You might be interested to know it's going to be a movie. Let's hope they don't mess it up!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0458455/

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 6:32 PM ET
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Colleen, who is author?



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Date Posted: 8/20/2008 6:40 PM ET
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I agree, loved this one! I read a non-fiction book about this shortly after reading Pope Joan. I'll look through my records and see if I can find the author's name for you. The N/F was an interesting read too.

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 6:42 PM ET
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This is the N/F book I read -

The Legend of Pope Joan : In Search of the Truth
Author: Peter Stanford
ISBN-13: 9780425173473 - ISBN-10: 042517347X
Rating:
Book Type: Paperback
Publication Date: 2000
On My: BIR, Transaction Archive

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 6:59 PM ET
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Donna, this is the fiction book about Pope Joan -

Pope Joan
Author: Donna Woolfolk Cross
ISBN-13: 9780345416261 - ISBN-10: 0345416260
Rating:
Book Type: Paperback
Publication Date: 1996
On My: Bookshelf, Transaction Archive

I think there was a copy available!

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 8:09 PM ET
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It's my understanding that Pope Joan is legend. No one really knows, with the evidence available, whether or not she did what the legend says.

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 9:29 PM ET
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I have this one on my TBR pile.  It does look good.  I'm hoping to get to it soon.

Date Posted: 8/21/2008 10:02 AM ET
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It's my understanding that Pope Joan is legend. No one really knows, with the evidence available, whether or not she did what the legend says

 

Genie, that's what I had always thought, but the author's end notes cite numerous primary sources that apparently mention her or her reign, and they were pretty convincing. I took from her notes that she'd gone and found the original sources or reputable translations of them and had really done her research before writing.  It's an entertaining idea, isn't it?

Date Posted: 8/21/2008 3:30 PM ET
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Oh yes, I think she actually lived, and I'm sure the author believes in the legend. It's one of those things we'll never know for sure, though, like who killed the princes in the tower.

Date Posted: 8/24/2008 8:46 AM ET
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Valli--thanks for the detail on the NF book on her; I have that on my reminder list and think I am going to pursue this further!

Date Posted: 9/6/2008 12:15 PM ET
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I'm in the middle of POPE JOAN by Cross and I don't want this book to end. 

This author is delightful.  Does anyone have any recommendations of other author's who are similar in writing style?