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The Mystery of Pope Joan

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The Mystery of Pope Joan

A non-accredited History and Heritage course.

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CLL 22/23_NA_171
Course Description

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


Term: Summer

Day: Saturday

Start Date: 24 June 2023

Time: 10am-4pm

No. of weeks: 1

Full fee: £49

Location: The King's Manor, University of York, Classroom-based

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