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Legend[ edit ] The earliest mention of a female pope appears in the Dominican Jean de Mailly 's chronicle of MetzChronica Universalis Mettensis, written in the early 13th century. In his telling, the female pope is not named, and the events are set in Concerning a certain Pope or rather female Pope, who is not set down in the list of popes or Bishops of Rome, because she was a woman who disguised herself as a man and became, by her character and talents, a curial secretary, then a Cardinal and finally Pope.
One day, while mounting a horse, she gave birth to a child. Immediately, by Roman justice she was bound by the feet to a horse's tail and dragged and stoned by the people for half a league, and, where she died, there she was buried, and at the place is written: At the same time, the four-day fast called the "fast of the female Pope" was first established.
However, the legend gained its greatest prominence when it appeared in the third recension edited revision of Martin of Opava 's Chronicon Pontificum et Imperatorum later in the 13th century. This version, which may have been by Martin himself, is the first to attach a name to the figure, indicating that she was known as "John Anglicus" or "John of Mainz.
According to the Chronicon: John Anglicus, born at Mainz, was Pope for two years, seven months and four days, and died in Rome, after which there was a vacancy in the Papacy of one month. It is claimed that this John was a woman, who as a girl had been led to Athens dressed in the clothes of a man by a certain lover of hers.
There she became proficient in a diversity of branches of knowledge, until she had no equal, and, afterward in Rome, she taught the liberal arts and had great masters among her students and audience.
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A high opinion of her life and learning arose in the city; and she was chosen for Pope. While Pope, however, she became pregnant by her companion. Through ignorance of the exact time when the birth was expected, she was delivered of a child while in procession from St. Peter's to the Lateranin a lane once named Via Sacra the sacred way but now known as the "shunned street" between the Colosseum and St Clement's church.
After her death, it is said she was buried in that same place. The Lord Pope always turns aside from the street, and it is believed by many that this is done because of abhorrence of the event. Nor is she placed on the list of the Holy Pontiffs, both because of her female sex and on account of the foulness of the matter.
According to this, she did not die immediately after her exposure, but was confined and deposed, after which she did many years of penance. Her son from the affair eventually became Bishop of Ostiaand ordered her entombment in his cathedral when she died.
Other references to the female pope are attributed to earlier writers, though none appears in manuscripts that predate the Chronicon.
The one most commonly cited is Anastasius Bibliothecarius d. However, the story is found in only one unreliable manuscript of Anastasius. This manuscript, in the Vatican Librarybears the relevant passage inserted as a footnote at the bottom of a page.
It is out of sequence, and in a different hand, one that dates from after the time of Martin of Opava.
This "witness" to the female pope is likely to be based upon Martin's account, and not a possible source for it. The same is true of Marianus Scotus 's Chronicle of the Popes, a text written in the 11th century. Some of its manuscripts contain a brief mention of a female pope named Johanna the earliest source to attach to her the female form of the namebut all these manuscripts are later than Martin's work.
Earlier manuscripts do not contain the legend. Some versions of the legend suggest that subsequent popes were subjected to an examination whereby, having sat on a so-called sedia stercoraria or "dung chair" containing a hole, a cardinal had to reach up and establish that the new pope had testiclesbefore announcing "Duos habet et bene pendentes" "He has two, and they dangle nicely" or "habet" "he has them" for short.
Pope Joan has been associated with marvelous happenings. In France there appeared marvelous locusts, which had six wings and very powerful teeth. They flew miraculously through the air, and all drowned in the British Sea. The golden bodies were rejected by the waves of the sea and corrupted the air, so that a great many people died.
Now in National Gallery in Washington, D. From the midth century onward, the legend was widely disseminated and believed. Joan was used as an exemplum in Dominican preaching. The book contains the following account of the female Pope: John, of English extraction, was born at Mentz Mainz and is said to have arrived at popedom by evil art; for disguising herself like a man, whereas she was a woman, she went when young with her paramour, a learned man, to Athens, and made such progress in learning under the professors there that, coming to Rome, she met with few that could equal, much less go beyond her, even in the knowledge of the scriptures; and by her learned and ingenious readings and disputations, she acquired so great respect and authority that upon the death of Pope Leo IV as Martin says by common consent she was chosen pope in his room.
Clement's her travail came upon her, and she died upon the place, having sat two years, one month, and four days, and was buried there without any pomp.
This story is vulgarly told, but by very uncertain and obscure authors, and therefore I have related it barely and in short, lest I should seem obstinate and pertinacious if I had admitted what is so generally talked.John Money became famous for the "John/Joan" case; he assigned one of two identical twin boys to grow up as a girl.
The tragic life story of the child, David Reimer is recounted in the book "As Nature Made Him." I was deeply affected by the book. David's life story is a lesson to all of us. Campbell's Funeral Home. Located on Madison Avenue in NYC, Joan's funeral was held here on Friday, May 13, , at 10am.
(LY) Around 75 people attended this service for close friends and family, including Joan's four kids and brother Hal's daughter Joan Crawford Lowe Fuller. The very next day, on December 9, the New York Times followed suit with a report by William Grimes: “George S.
Morrison, who commanded the fleet during the Gulf of Tonkin incident that led to an escalation of the Vietnam War and whose son Jim was the lead singer of the Doors . Well known in medical circles for years anonymously as the "John/Joan" case, Reimer later went public with his story to help discourage similar medical practices.
He committed suicide after suffering years of severe depression, financial instability, and a .
Pope Joan, –, (Ioannes Anglicus) was, according to popular legend, a woman who reigned as pope for a few years during the Middle torosgazete.com story first appeared in chronicles in the 13th century and subsequently spread throughout Europe.
The story was widely believed for centuries, but most modern scholars regard it as fictional. How Joan Didion Became Joan Didion "Didion was one of the boys, clearly, in the sense that men had noticed her writing and wanted to publish her.