The Myth of Pope Joan / Edition 2

The Myth of Pope Joan / Edition 2

by Alain Boureau
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226067459

ISBN-13: 9780226067452

Pub. Date: 05/28/2001

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

In the ninth century, a brilliant young woman named Joan disguised herself as a man so that she could follow her lover into the then-exclusively male world of scholarship. She proved so successful that she ascended the Catholic hierarchy in Rome and was eventually elected pope. Her pontificate lasted two years, until she became pregnant and died after giving birth

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In the ninth century, a brilliant young woman named Joan disguised herself as a man so that she could follow her lover into the then-exclusively male world of scholarship. She proved so successful that she ascended the Catholic hierarchy in Rome and was eventually elected pope. Her pontificate lasted two years, until she became pregnant and died after giving birth during a public procession from the Vatican.

Or so the legend goes—a legend that was fabricated sometime in the thirteenth century, according to Alain Boureau, and which has persisted in one form or another down to the present day. In this fascinating saga of belief and rhetoric, politics and religion, Boureau investigates the historical and ecclesiastical circumstances under which the myth of Pope Joan was constructed and the different uses to which it was put over the centuries. He shows, for instance, how Catholic clerics justified the exclusion of women from the papacy and the priesthood by employing the myth in misogynist moral tales, only to find the popess they had created turned against them in anti-Catholic propaganda during the Reformation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226067452
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Edition description:
1
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
900,867
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction1
Pt. IThe Sex of the Popes: A Roman Story
1The Pontificals9
2The History of a Chair45
3The Popes between Two Stools72
Pt. IIJoan Militant
4Joan the Catholic: Thirteenth-Fifteenth Centuries107
5The Popess and Her Sisters165
Pt. IIIDeath and Transfiguration of the Popess
6Joan at the Stake: Fifteenth-Seventeenth Centuries221
7The Popess in Literature255
8First Epilogue: Historiography of the Popess299
9Second Epilogue: Joan's Body310
Chronological Bibliography of Works or Fragments of Works about Pope Joan315
Notes333
Index367

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