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September 19 , 2018

Pope Joan

A Novel
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"Engaging . . . Pope Joan has all the elements: love, sex, violence, duplicity, and long-buried secrets."
– Los Angeles Times Book Review
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For a thousand years men have denied her existence – Pope Joan, the woman who disguised herself as a man and rose to rule Christianity for two years. Now this compelling novel animates the legend with a portrait of an unforgettable woman who struggles againstrestrictions her soul cannot accept.

When her older brother dies in a Viking attack, the brilliant young Joan assumes his identity and enters a Benedictine monastery where, asBrother John Anglicus, she distinguishes herself as a scholar and healer. Eventually drawn to Rome, she soon becomes enmeshed in a dangerous mix of powerful passion and explosive politics that threatens her life even as it elevates her to the highest throne in the Western world.

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