Why Pope Joan?

  title={Why Pope Joan?},
  author={Thomas F. X. Noble},
  journal={The Catholic Historical Review},
  pages={219 - 238}
For 700 years a tale has been told about an English woman who was elected pope in the mid-ninth century. Called Pope Joan, she supposedly was born in Mainz of English parents. Dressed as a man, she traveled to Athens with a lover, acquired an education, moved to Rome, impressed the cardinals (who did not know she was a woman), and was unanimously elected pope. While crossing the city in a procession she unexpectedly gave birth near the church of San Clemente, died on the spot, and was buried… Expand
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