Biography of Joan Anglicus the Woman Pope of Rome Part 1

About the supposed woman Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, Joan Anglicus, her biography and history.

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JOAN ANGLICUS (818-855). Pope of Rome.

"Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily Florus..." Pope Joan Anglicus (Her alleged Lord's Prayer substituted the name of Florus, her private chamberlain and lover.)

The Vatican has many secrets. Perhaps its most carefully guarded one throughout history is this: that for 2 years, 5 months, and 4 days, between 853 and 855 A.D., the Pope was a woman.

Somewhere between Pope Leo IV (847-855) and Pope Benedict III (855-858), Joan, in the lifelong guise of a man, rose to the highest seat in the Roman Catholic Church. She ruled almost 2 1/2 years, and would have ruled longer except that her true gender was exposed after a love affair that resulted in her giving birth to a boy during a public ceremony.

For 3 centuries, the Catholic Church has attempted to dismiss her as a myth, although over 150 Church historians between the 13th and 17th centuries acknowledged her short reign.

Born in Britain in 818, she went to school in Cologne, where she fell in love with a young Benedictine monk named Felda. She disguised herself as a man in order to accompany him to Athens. When he died several years later, Joan went to Rome to enter the priesthood. Because of her scholarship, she won a university chair as a professor of science. From there, it was a short step to the Vatican, where Joan--called John of England--became notary of the Curia.

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