Popess Joan? Debunking the Rumor of a female Pope in the History of the Church

Joan, Popess.—The fable about a female pope, who afterwards bore the name of Johanna (Joan), is first noticed in the middle of the thirteenth century. The first who appears to have had cognizance of it was the Dominican chronicler Jean de Mailly (Archiv der Gesellschaft fur altere deutsche Geschichte, xii, 17 sq., 469 sq.) from… Continue reading Popess Joan? Debunking the Rumor of a female Pope in the History of the Church