Saturday, September 01, 2007


Pope Joan in popular culture

Pope Joan is the name of a female pope who may have reigned from 853 to 855, based on a legend that circulated in the Middle Ages. Pope Joan is regarded by most historians as fictitious, possibly originating as an anti-papal satire.

References in popular culture: The Greek writer Emmanouel Rhoides wrote in the 1860's a book called Papissa Ioanna (The Popess Joane. A film Pope Joan was released in 1972 with Liv Ullmann as Joan. A new German film is scheduled for a 2008 release. Diane Sawyer of ABC News conducted an interview for Primetime Live with Donna Woolfolk Cross, author of the book Pope Joan, to discuss the evidence for and against Joan's existence. This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Pope Joan in popular culture". This entry is a fragment of a larger work. Link may die if entry is finally removed or merged.

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