The story of a female pope first appeared in the thirteenth century, ‘a woman who disguised herself as a man and became, by her character and talents, a curial secretary, then a Cardinal and finally Pope’. Many believed this legend to be true until 1601 when Pope Clement VII declared it a fallacy. This day school examines the origins of the myth of Pope Joan and explores the reasons why it became such a popular story in the medieval period.
Tutor: Gillian Waters BA MA PGDip PGCE
Start Date: 24 June 2023
No. of weeks: 1
Full fee: £49
Location: The King's Manor, University of York, Classroom-based