Part 4g: Joan, the First Woman Pope I know there are those who will disagree with my conclusion about Pope Joan. Because it's the truth that much of women's history has been lost or suppressed through negligence, it's easy to accept a theory about a missing female Pope. But just because there is no evidence doesn't make it true. Believable evidence is simply not there, and the "evidence" presented is easily explained. Like I said in Part 4a, I really do have a hard time with this…
A Praying Mother by Ken Gehring, .I think of my Mother reading her Bible and praying when I look at this, just as I remember my Mother telling me how she often thought of her own Mother and Grandmother praying and reading their Bible.
A kneeling boy with a sash, oil on board, late c. Walton, Henry, born 1746 - died Painting showing a young boy kneeling and holding a pale blue sash in his right hand; his left hand is placed against a wall. On the ground to the right is a bundle.
The Pope Joan story written in the 13th century. Jean de Mailly in 1254 CE, mentions an unnamed female pope who supposedly reigned around 1100 CE. Or a story attributed to Dominican chronicler Martinus Polonus in 1278 CE. This account places Pope Joan as ascending the papal throne in 855 CE after the death of Leo IV. She reigned for 2 yrs before her sex was discovered w/she gave birth on the streets of Rome.