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April 9, 2013

Book Club: Pope Joan

Before all the craziness of the Pope retiring, our book club chose to read Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross.
Crazy! It's like we knew what was going to happen.

Anyway Pope Joan is very intimidating with it's 400-ish pages.
It reads like a 200 page book!

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A world-wide bestseller, major motion picture and upcoming "Director's Cut" TV mini-series exclusively for the U.S!

"Pope Joan has all the elements one wants in a historical drama–love, sex, violence, duplicity, and long-buried secrets. Cross has written an engaging book."–Los Angeles Times Book Review

For a thousand years her existence has been denied. She is the legend that will not die–Pope Joan, the ninth-century woman who disguised herself as a man and rose to become the only female ever to sit on the throne of St. Peter. Now in this riveting novel, Donna Woolfolk Cross paints a sweeping portrait of an unforgettable heroine who struggles against restrictions her soul cannot accept. 

Brilliant and talented, young Joan rebels against medieval social strictures forbidding women to learn. When her brother is brutally killed during a Viking attack, Joan takes up his cloak–and his identity–and enters the monastery of Fulda. As Brother John Anglicus, Joan distinguishes herself as a great scholar and healer. Eventually, she is drawn to Rome, where she becomes enmeshed in a dangerous web of love, passion, and politics. Triumphing over appalling odds, she finally attains the highest office in Christendom–wielding a power greater than any woman before or since. But such power always comes at a price . . . 

In this international bestseller, Cross brings the Dark Ages to life in all their brutal splendor and shares the dramatic story of a woman whose strength of vision led her to defy the social restrictions of her day.

Just a warning, the prologue is a little rough, but once you get through it the book goes much better.
No one likes reading about a blizzard and a aging midwife losing feeling in her hands before the birth of our title character. It was a bit taxing...

I found the book to be very interesting and completely believable.
Talk about a scandal!
The characters are interesting, even if they take a little bit to fully evolve.
There is action, romance, scandal, drama.
Everything needed in a good book.
I highly recommend it for a intriguing, fun read.

1 comment:

Meg {henninglove} said...

did you see this article?? http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/04/dog-reunited-with-family-after-900-mile-journey/