Friday, February 20, 2015

Brown Bag Book Club is reading in March...

To be discussed at its March meeting, the Brown Bag Book Club is reading Pope Joan, by Donna W. Cross.

Cross combines legend with historical fact in a novel about Joan of Ingelheim, the female pope. Born in 814 to an English missionary father and a Saxon mother, Joan is frustrated by the limitations imposed on her life because she is a girl. Her brother Matthew teaches her to read and write; after his death, Joan has to use wiles and deceit to pursue her love of learning. Later, Joan runs away from home to follow her brother John to the cathedral school in Dorstadt, where she becomes the sole yet tolerated female student. Joan borrows John's clothing and identity and makes her way to the monastery at Fulda, where she becomes known as John Anglicus. At the monastery, Joan becomes a monk and then a priest, and she develops great skill as a healer. She eventually makes her way to Rome, where her gifts as a healer enable her to become the confidante of two popes. In the midst of vicious papal politics, Joan becomes pope herself. A vivid and compelling re-creation of the Dark Ages. --Mary Ellen Quinn

This book could spark some interesting debate. Fact or fiction? Implications if Pope Joan was a real person?

Join the Brown Bag Book club on Tuesday, March 17th, (yes, St. Patrick's Day itself), at 12:00 noon at the Burbank Central Library. A reminder that everyone is welcome to read and attend; the monthly meetings are on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. (This month, the wearing o' the green is optional.)

Visit the book's website for discussion suggestions and other information. 

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