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The book of joan tales of mirth, mischief, and manipulation - The Book of Joan | Melissa Rivers


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. [1] [2] [3]

The earliest mention of the fictional female pope appears in the Dominican Jean de Mailly 's chronicle of Metz , Chronica Universalis Mettensis , written in the early 13th century. In his telling, the female pope is not named, and the events are set in 1099. According to Jean:

One version of the Chronicon gives an alternative fate for the female pope. According to this, she did not die immediately after her exposure, but was confined and deposed, after which she did many years of penance. Her son from the affair eventually became Bishop of Ostia , and ordered her entombment in his cathedral when she died.

Joan Alexandra Molinsky [9] (June 8, 1933 – September 4, 2014), professional name Joan Rivers , was an American stand-up comedian, actress, writer, producer, and television host. She was noted for her often controversial comedic persona—heavily self-deprecating or sharply acerbic, especially toward celebrities and politicians.

In addition to marketing a line of jewelry and apparel on the QVC shopping channel, Rivers authored 12 best-selling books and released numerous comedy albums. She was nominated in 1984 for a Grammy Award for her album What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most?; and was nominated in 1994 for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance of the title role in Sally Marr ...and Her Escorts . In 2015, Rivers posthumously received a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for her book, Diary of a Mad Diva . [12]

In 1968, The New York Times television critic Jack Gould called Rivers "quite possibly the most intuitively funny woman alive". [13] [14] In 2017, Rolling Stone magazine ranked her sixth on its list of the 50 best stand-up comics of all time. [15] She was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in Oct 2017

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. [1] [2] [3]

The earliest mention of the fictional female pope appears in the Dominican Jean de Mailly 's chronicle of Metz , Chronica Universalis Mettensis , written in the early 13th century. In his telling, the female pope is not named, and the events are set in 1099. According to Jean:

One version of the Chronicon gives an alternative fate for the female pope. According to this, she did not die immediately after her exposure, but was confined and deposed, after which she did many years of penance. Her son from the affair eventually became Bishop of Ostia , and ordered her entombment in his cathedral when she died.




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