Pope Joan: The Female Pope whose Real Gender was Revealed after she Gave Birth in a Procession
Situated in the basilica of St Peter is the Baldachin, a sculpture in bronze by Bernini, created 1623-34, depicts seven sculptures showing a woman’s facial expression whilst going into labour. The eighth sculpture is that of a child. ( en.wikipedia.org)
The legend of Pope Joan has survived over the centuries. The alleged female pope has been depicted in art, literature and plays. This tale has also been made into films, the most recent one being in 2009. Although the available evidence seems to cast some doubts regarding the existence of Pope Joan, it is likely that some would continue to believe that this figure was real. Whether as a piece of fiction or history, the tale of Pope Joan will most likely live on for a long time to come.
Featured image: Pope Joan gives birth during a Church procession, artist Giovanni Boccaccio Circa 1450. ( Wikimedia Commons )
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