Now in this riveting novel, Donna Woolfolk Cross paints a sweeping portrait of an unforgettable heroine who struggles against restrictions her soul cannot accept.
Donna Woolfolk Cross, author of the International Bestseller Pope Joan, historical fiction about the legendary female pope. Pope Joan the movie debuts in Dec
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Pope Joan adalah sebuah novel yang lengkap. Sejarah, politik, perjuangan perempuan, agama, perang, cinta, pengorbanan, kemunafikan, kebrutalan manusia; semua terkandung di dalamnya. Sang pengarang, Donna Woolfolk Cross, menghimpun kisah ini dengan apik, tokoh-tokohnya terasa nyata dan emosinya dapet. Apalagi dengan alur cepat yang tidak membuat bosan. Walau di beberapa bagian emang sadis sih, terutama pas serangan bangsa Viking itu. Pope Joan versi film (2009) kurang mengesankan walaupun dari segi cast secara fisik sudah pas, setting juga bagus, tapi emosinya kurang terasa.
" has all the elements one wants in a historical drama – love, sex, violence, duplicity, and long-buried secrets. Cross has written an engaging book."
In this international bestseller, Donna Woolfolk Cross brings the Dark Ages to life in all their brutal splendor and shares the dramatic story of a woman whose strength of vision led her to defy the social restrictions of her day.
For a thousand years her existence has been denied. She is the legend that will not die –- Pope Joan, the ninth-century woman who disguised herself as a man and rose to become the only female ever to sit on the throne of St. Peter. Now in this riveting novel, Cross paints a sweeping portrait of an unforgettable heroine who struggles against restrictions her soul cannot accept.
Brilliant and talented, young Joan rebels against medieval social strictures forbidding women to learn. When her brother is brutally killed during a Viking attack, Joan takes up his cloak–and his identity–and enters the monastery of Fulda. As Brother John Anglicus, Joan distinguishes herself as a great scholar and healer. Eventually, she is drawn to Rome, where she becomes enmeshed in a dangerous web of love, passion, and politics. Triumphing over appalling odds, she finally attains the highest office in Christendom–wielding a power greater than any woman before or since. But such power always comes at a price . . .
"Brings the savage ninth century vividly to life in all its alien richness. An enthralling, scholarly historical novel."
--Rebecca Fraser, Author of The Brontës