The First and Last Female Pope in History: VIII. Joanne

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The First and Last Female Pope in History: VIII.  Joanne

There are millions of people around the world who have embraced the Catholic faith. The people who spiritually lead millions of people are the Catholic clergy called the Pope. However, the papacy has been a hugely important office, both politically and culturally, for hundreds of years. On the one hand, this office has thousands of years of ancient traditions and very strict rules. For example, a woman cannot be the pope. However, history tells us that the office of the papacy, however traditional and rigorous it may be, has some interesting exceptions! In the middle of the 800s after Christ, then in the eighth. A woman named Joan succeeded in becoming Pope!

Pope VIII. Joan sat in the papacy for nearly two years, leading the Catholic Church. It was revealed that this most extraordinary pope in history was a woman, to the astonishment of many Catholic religious officials. However, the fact that a woman named Joan managed to convince the entire Catholic world that she was a man for two years also gave rise to very interesting measures in the papacy. The bride, more than unusual, is the first and last female daddy on the eighth date. Let’s take a closer look at Joan’s story full of oddities…

The papacy is an established institution of great political and cultural importance, with centuries-old traditions and interesting rituals.

The institution, which means so much to millions of Catholics, has many strict rules that have been strictly enforced for hundreds of years. One of the most important of these strict rules is the rule that women cannot be popes. However, a woman who lived hundreds of years ago managed to destroy this ancient rule of the papacy.

The woman named Joan, who will be elected Pope in the future and thus go down in history, was born in Germany in the 9th century.

There are differing accounts of the early years of Joan’s life. But what is common to many of the accounts is that he met a priest in his teenage years and the two fell in love with each other. The continuation of the stories told about Joan is even more interesting. According to this, Joan and the priest with whom she fell in love wanted to go on a trip to different cities in Europe together.

Anyway, there was a problem. Since Joan’s lover was a priest, it was not possible for her to take this trip with a woman! At this point, the passionate lovers came up with an idea that would change the history of the Catholic world and the papacy! Joan disguised as a man to be with her priest lover!

Joan and her priestly lover, disguised as a man, begin to travel together

After visiting monasteries in different countries of Europe, the couple decided to live in Athens for a while. Through long visits to convents and learning from her lover, Joan learned as much about Christianity as an ordinary clergyman. Here is the beginning of the events that will make the life of Joan, who has a rather interesting life, and more interesting, took place in Athens …

After her lover dies unexpectedly in Athens, Joan moves to Rome, the center of the Catholic world.


A very intelligent and highly knowledgeable woman, Joan also spent her days in Rome disguised as a man. Moreover, he became a name accepted by the Catholic Church with his knowledge, intelligence, and talent. In short, what distinguished Joan from the other clerics of Rome was, on the face of it, her superior intelligence and distinctive talents.

Her wit, eloquence, and special talents helped her rise rapidly within the Catholic Church!

And what a height! According to some sources, Joan was born in 847, and according to some – in 855. He was elected Pope with the name Joan! Moreover, he continued in his papacy for about two years. This is how the “first female pope” in history ascended to the position of absolute ruler of the Vatican …

Eighth. Joan’s story becomes even more interesting after her election as Pope


Eighth. Joan was performing public service in the Vatican in 858. But suddenly something happened that shouldn’t have happened. The pains of female pregnancy began Pope Joan! Yes, the first female pope in history had an affair with a Vatican priest and got pregnant. For Joan, who had managed to hide for a long time that she was a woman from the entire Catholic world, concealing that she was pregnant was child’s play. However, the pregnancy pains that occurred during the ritual were a sign that this strange story was about to come to an end…

Pope VIII. Joanne gave birth to a baby!

Joan did not convince anyone that she was a man after this incident. However, the fact that the person to whom they had given themselves spiritually for so long was a woman caused great shock and outrage in the entire Catholic world, especially the religious officials of the Vatican.

According to some accounts, the eighth. Joan was murdered, along with her baby, after giving birth


According to some accounts, she did indeed give birth to a stillborn child. For this he was killed alone! However, there are differing accounts of how Joan was murdered, which stunned the entire Catholic world. According to some, Joan was stoned to death at the group site shortly after it was discovered she was a woman. According to some accounts, he was tied to the back of a horse and dragged on the ground for meters and lost his life in this way.

The Catholic Church rejected the Pope for many years


So much so that the eighth. All alleged records of Joan were destroyed. So this strange story was forgotten. However, in the thirteenth century some historians and even Catholic clergymen produced some works in which this extraordinary event was written.

In particular, the chronicler Jean de Mailly mentions a woman elected to the Pope in the past in his work entitled “Chronica Universalis Mettensis” published in 1250, VIII. It caused Joan to appear in many written works, only to be remembered again. However, the papal authority never admitted that such an interesting event had taken place…

There are different opinions about the reality of the Pope’s incident today.


According to some historians, such an event never occurred. Some historians consider it correct. On the other hand, the Catholic Church claims that this event is a satirical story fabricated by anti-pope opponents in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.

One of the most interesting traditions of the papal establishment, the “testicular examination” tradition, is thought to have emerged after the pontificate.


When a new pope is elected, he is seated in a specially designed chair before being announced to the public, and often the most senior cardinal examines the pope’s testicles so that it can be determined if the newly elected pope is male. Allegedly, this interesting tradition began to be carried out after the incident with the Pope’s woman.


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