Woolfolk Cross, Donna "Pope Joan" - 1996
A historical romance type of book with an interesting twist, whether you believe if Pope Joan existed or not. This novel gives you quite some information about life in the 9th century and is easy to read. Nothing more, nothing less.
We discussed this in our book club in April 2002.
From the back cover:
"For a thousand years people have denied her existence - Pope Joan, the woman who disguised herself as a man and rose to rule Christianity for two years. Now this compelling novel animates the legend with a portrait of an unforgettable woman who struggles against restrictions her soul cannot accept. When her older brother dies in a Viking attack, the brilliant young Joan assumes his identity and enters a Benedictine monastery where, as Brother John Anglicus, she distinguishes herself as a scholar and healer. Eventually drawn to Rome, she soon becomes enmeshed in a dangerous mix of powerful passion and explosive politics that threatens her life even as it elevates her to the highest throne in the Western world."