This is a GOOD book! I've been excited to write about this one and I plan on watching the movie this week.
Pope Joan takes place in the 9th century. Women were forbidden to learn how to read or write then, but Joan has different plans. She is much smarter then most of the boys her age. She learns Latin and Greek. In order to advance her studies further, Joan poses as a male monk to get into the abbey. There she is able to spread her wings and make quite the impression on everyone there. She then moves on to Rome to study at the Vatican. No one knows her secret. To make things even more complicated, she is in love!
I'm not going to tell you anything else, except that you won't be able to put it down, and you will wonder if this story is really true.
There is evidence of a female pope in the 9th century, but the Catholic church denies it and there is a rumor that all records of her papacy were destroyed. So interesting!