pope joan is a historical fiction novel based on the legend of a female pope during the middle ages.
joan is an intelligent girl, born in a time when females were not allowed to be educated. despite these restrictions, as a young girl she manages to learn to read and write. when an opportunity presents itself, joan disguises herself as a man, continues her education, and rises through the ranks within the catholic church.
i enjoyed the book. the author did a good deal of research on the time period and the legend of joan herself.
i enjoyed being immersed in a time period of which i have little knowledge. the story was entertaining and kept me interested.