Pope Joan

by Donna Cross | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0345416260 Global Overview for this book
Registered by monast on 4/21/2004
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7 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by monast on Wednesday, April 21, 2004
I haven't quite finished the book yet but I thought I'd better regiter it as I promised it to Fofum.

Journal Entry 2 by monast at Post in Trade, With Another BookCrosser -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, July 01, 2004
Released on Thursday, July 01, 2004 at Post in Trade, With Another BookCrosser Controlled Releases.

Finally fofum it's off to you in the UK. Hope you enjoy it.

Journal Entry 3 by Fofum from Beverley, East Yorkshire United Kingdom on Sunday, August 08, 2004
Thanks, this was waiting for me when I got home form my holiday - hense tie delay in registering it. I've got a few books 'stacked up' at the moment, but will use the rest of the school holidays to catch up!
Thanks also for the postcard - what a wonderful looking place!

Journal Entry 4 by Fofum from Beverley, East Yorkshire United Kingdom on Saturday, April 30, 2005
The events in the Vatican over the last few weeks reminded me I had this on the shelf to read from ages ago. A heavy cold and a lost voice led to a couple of 'duvet days' (what use is a voiceless teacher??) this week so I dosed myself up with menthol and settled down to read it.
I enjoyed the story, clearly well researched in terms of the historical context. I do think Woolfolk Cross settled for a 'traditional' romantic novel hidden inside an historical narrative. I know the world was a smaller place in terms of population back then... but surely there would be rather more 'men at arms' around than the constant reappearance of Gerold would suggest? In the end I did feel that Joan became rather stereotypical - hard done by woman forced to do something wild in a man's world but really longing for the love of the one good man in the book...? The 'historial' information, or the suggestions of historical possibilities, could have led to a much more subtle plot and characterisation I think.
However, I read it avidly, enjoyed the story and historical detail and it did send me back to my guidebook to Rome to site the Lateran, Vatican and Leonine Wall!!
Thanks for letting me have this one, Monast. I will send it on its way via the new OBCZ in Hull city centre next time I go into town.

Journal Entry 5 by Fofum from Beverley, East Yorkshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, August 02, 2005
The time has come to set this book from Monast back on its travels. If you are intetested in joining the list, please let me know and I'll add you on to it.
When the book gets to the end of this journey, can you find a way of setting it off again? Thanks!

kizmias Portugal
bookmanu Portugal
wyldewomin USA
luintaurien USA
jherusalem USA
sqdancer Canada
Phenol USA
rythmnbiscuit USA
Koalabare UK

Journal Entry 6 by Fofum at Postal release in Beverley, East Yorkshire United Kingdom on Thursday, August 04, 2005

Released 13 yrs ago (8/4/2005 UTC) at Postal release in Beverley, East Yorkshire United Kingdom

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On its travels again. I hope you all enjoy it! Tanks to Monast for setting it free in the first place.

Journal Entry 7 by kizmiaz from Belém , Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Got it today, will start as soon as I can. thanks Fofum

Journal Entry 8 by kizmiaz from Belém , Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Friday, September 16, 2005
A very good read. It's well detailed and it shows a lot of historical research by the author, the way the characters act and the social settings are very faithfull to what historians think it must have been at the time.
There's little doubt in my mind about the existence of a woman Pope, the few historical elements that exist point to a strong possibility of that being true, and you know what they say, where there is smoke there's bound to be fire. Besides it's common knowledge that the Catholic Church has erased from its memories a lot of things that did happen but were in some way against what it should represent, I'm still amazed that they didn't find a way of erasing the Borgia Pope.
Enjoyed it a lot and was only disappointed by the "love story" bit and the briefness of the description of Joan's papacy when compared with the extent of the description of her early life.
Another Portuguese BCrosser, who's not on the BRay list, asked me to read it before it moves on, since she's a fast reader and Fofum hasn't replied my PM concerning this I'll pass it on to her soon.

Journal Entry 9 by wingcontowing from Lisboa (city), Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Thursday, September 22, 2005
It's already with me and I've started it already (around page 50, or so). It won't take long, I promise!

Thanks a lot Kizmiaz.

Journal Entry 10 by wingcontowing from Lisboa (city), Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Tuesday, September 27, 2005
It really was a quick read!
And I liked it a lot, even though I totally agree with the previous JE's concerning the love story... unnecessary, I think. But the weight of it is not too great, not bothering too much.
As for the quick ending, with just some 50 pages for the description of Joan's papacy, is understandable, I believe, once the point was exactly to describe Joan's paths towards it!

Thanks a lot for the opportunity to get to read this one Kizmiaz, as well as Fofum and monast.
Sending PM to bookmanu at once.

28.09.2005 - Sent today! Hope you like it, Bookmanu

Journal Entry 11 by bookmanu from Cascais, Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Thursday, September 29, 2005
Thanks! received it today...I've been looking forward to reading this book for some time...the Portuguese translation is on the best-seller shelves at FNAC ...

Journal Entry 12 by bookmanu from Cascais, Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Friday, December 09, 2005
Mailed off to wyldewomin today. Apologies to all for having kept it so long.

I really enjoyed reading this book. I agree with the previous comments regarding the love story angle but found it to be a very good read nevertheless.

Journal Entry 13 by wyldewomin from East Bridgewater, Massachusetts USA on Sunday, January 29, 2006
Thought I had registered this but had not ... terribly sorry.
Excellent book! The love story seemed a bit unnecessary but the rest was great!.
PMing both people next on the list.

Journal Entry 14 by jherusalem from Richmond, Virginia USA on Friday, April 28, 2006
I got this a while back and forgot to journal. Thank you so much! Can't wait to read it!

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