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Book Review: Donna Woolfolk Cross’ Pope Joan

Mother of The Church The improbable tale of a 9th-century woman who became head of the Catholic Church has been a legend long told and long believed. Still there is little to go on and no irrefutable evidence to back up the existence of Johanna of Ingelheim, also known as Pope Johannes Anglicus. Whether true […]

The Woman Who Sat In Saint Peter’s Chair

After the worldwide success of the Da Vinci Code it was perhaps not surprising that some two million people went to see Sönke Wortmann’s Pope Joan, the story of a woman who may have been the head of the Catholic Church in 9th century. It’s clearly fun to poke holes in the façade of ecclesiastical […]

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