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MERCKWÜRDIGE HISTORIE DER PÄBSTIN JOHANNA
(Joan). Spanheim, Herrn von.

MERCKWÜRDIGE HISTORIE DER PÄBSTIN JOHANNA

aus des Herrn von Spanheim Lateinischen Dissertation von dem Herrn L'Enfant gezogen,. und von demselben nebst verschiedenen Anmerckungen des Herr des Vignoles nunmehro aber, wegen ihrer Vortrefflichkeit, aus dem Französischen ins Teutsche übersetztet. In zwey Tomis in mit Kupffern. Franckfurt und Leipzig 1737.
2 vols. in 1. [xxxii] + 476pp. Rubric t.p. 5 plates including 1 folding (with fold split). German text. Inscription, without front f.e.p., browning, inscription, early boards, worn, loss to spine with vertical crease. With Lithograph ‘Pope Joan - A Devotee doing Homage’ by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean. Published 12 December 1837, (300 mm x 450 mm) overall. Political Sketches by H.B. Volume V., as per the copy in the National Gallery. Pope Joan, 855–857, (Ioannes Anglicus) was, according to popular legend, a woman who reigned as pope for a few years during the Middle Ages. Her story first appeared in chronicles in the 13th century and subsequently spread throughout Europe. The story was widely believed for centuries, but most modern scholars regard it as fictional. With Peter Stanford’s ‘The Legend of Pope Jean’ published in New York 1999. Stanford, British writer and former editor of The Catholic Herald concluded ‘Weighing all th[e] evidence, I am convinced that Pope Joan was an historical figure, though perhaps not all the details about her that have been passed on down the centuries are true’. Stanford's work has been criticised as "credulous" by one mainstream historian. With other related articles.
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