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Joan, Pope (Legendary character)

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Personal name headingJoan, Pope (Legendary character)
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Variant(s)Giovanna, Pope (Legendary character)
Iōanna, Pope (Legendary character)
Joan, Popess (Legendary character)
Joan (Legendary Pope)
Joanna, Pope (Legendary character)
Johanna, Pope (Legendary character)
Jeanne, Pope (Legendary character)
Found inOxford dictionary of the Middle ages, viewed online, April 21, 2014 under Pope Joan (r. 855-8; "legendary female pope who supposedly reigned for almost three years following Pope Leo IV. The most popular version of the story depicts Joan assuming a male identity and refashioning herself as 'Brother John Anglicus' in order to become a monk's lover.")
Britannica online, viewed April 21, 2014 (Pope Joan; "legendary female pontiff who supposedly reigned, under the title of John VIII, for slightly more than 25 months, from 855 to 858, between the pontificates of Leo IV (847-855) and Benedict III (855-858). It has subsequently been proved that a gap of only a few weeks fell between Leo and Benedict and that the story is entirely apocryphal.")
Catholic encyclopedia online, viewed April 21, 2014 (Popess Joan; Johanna (Joan); different versions of the story appear in the Middle Ages; Martin of Troppeau's account says the Englishman John of Mainz (Johannes Anglicus, natione Moguntinus) occupied the papacy after Leo IV, but he was a woman in disguise)
LC database, searched April 21, 2014 (hdg.: Joan (Legendary Pope); usage in titles: Pope Joan, Papesse Jeanne, Papessa Giovanna, Päpstin Johanna, Papissa Iōanna, Papissa Joanna)
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