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....
©1996 , 2009 Donna Woolfolk Cross; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
"Whether or not one believes in Joan as Pope, this is a compelling story, filled with all kinds of lore: the brutishness of the Dark Ages, Vatican intrigue, politics and favoritism and most of all, the place of women in the Church and in the world." (Amazon.com review)
"In this colorful, richly imagined novel, Cross ably inspires a suspension of disbelief, pulling off the improbable feat of writing a romance starring a pregnant pope." (Publishers Weekly)
I love Barbara Rosenblat, so I'm bias.
Too many to count.
They were all preformed very well.
It made me think.
This was an epic tale made more tantalizing by historians who agree that Pope Joan did indeed exist. Though it was a very lengthy book, (19 hrs) it was the perfect travel companion on a long trip, with tales of love, war, triumph and tragedy.
i first read this book when it came out and was so excited, i had to get it to a catholic friend of mine. the only thing missing from the audio was after the close of the book where the author disclosed where she got the idea and showed a picture of the chair with the hole in it that appeared after pope joan died. recently there was a release of the movie on reels tv. something seemed amiss and i wanted to check it out. as it was available here (and i do so love to listen to books), I used one of my credits on it. Why? Because I love audio books that don't take up space in my house.
now if i've purchased a book twice and watch the movie version as well, this has to be a book that i found well above average. i think you will as well enjoy this woman's journey. you might even find you have to invite your best friend over so you can listen to again as you share it.
I had heard a lot of good buzz about this novel and was looking forward to it. In the end, while it kept my attention, it was just OK. Cross relied too heavily on clich??s, and the book would have been better without shoving in the mushy romance. So is the moral of the story that women should be treated as individuals and judged according to their abilities--or is it that women, in the end, really are creatures ruled by their passions and need a man to control them?
Could this really be true? Really made you wonder if back in the day this could have happened. Found the information in this book fascinating and it really gave you a glimpse into a whole other world for women. I would like to believe there were women in the day that were strong enough to do what was necessary for them in a man's world. I found the author's notes at the end very interesting. Great listen and found it hard to put down!
in both the recording and the novel. My favorite narrator, so was the production poor? Or was Ms. Rosenblatt just off her game? Some books are difficult to read aloud. The arc of the story held few surprises and the writing was pedantic and overwrought.
The title of my review says it all. I agree with the reviewer that says there are a lot of anachronisms in this book. The characters act modern! Joan's brother whines that it "isn't fair" that he has to go to school. I don't think that there was much FAIR about life in the 9th century. I hated that the author beat me over the head with the "downtrodden woman" thing. Since we've only had the vote for the past 100 years, I would say that it should come as no surprise and I didn't need constant reminding of it. All the characters are one dimensional, too. Not recommended.
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