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La papessa
La papessa
La papessa
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La papessa

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Da questo romanzo il film di Sönke Wortmann con John Goodman e Johanna Wokalek

Giovanna nasce nell’anno del Signore 814, in un’epoca in cui le donne sono considerate empie, inferiori e indegne di essere istruite. Lei ha invece un forte desiderio di sapere, che cerca di soddisfare di nascosto con l’aiuto del maestro Esculapio. Divisa tra l’amore impossibile per un uomo e quello altrettanto impossibile per i libri, Giovanna sceglie questa seconda passione. Assume l’identità di suo fratello Giovanni, morto durante un’incursione vichinga, e si nasconde per dodici anni in un monastero benedettino, finalmente libera di leggere, studiare e carpire i segreti delle arti e delle scienze. Grazie a questo inganno e alla sua devozione Giovanna avanza a lunghi, incredibili passi nella gerarchia religiosa: giunge a Roma, dove nessuno sospetta della sua falsa identità, e viene eletta papa, rinunciando in quel momento e per sempre al suo amore ritrovato, Gerardo. Durante la solenne processione di Pasqua, però, la papessa viene pubblicamente e tragicamente smascherata... I suoi successori faranno di tutto per cancellarla dai registri pontifici e la Storia la dimenticherà. In bilico tra verità e leggenda, Giovanna è uno tra i personaggi più controversi e affascinanti di tutti i tempi.

«La papessa ha tutto ciò che ci si aspetta da un romanzo storico: amore, sesso, violenza, ambiguità e antichi segreti. Un libro imperdibile.»
Los Angeles Times

«Irresistibile.»
Glamour

Donna Woolfolk Cross è laureata in Letteratura inglese e insegna tecniche di scrittura in un college di New York. Ha vissuto con la famiglia tra gli Stati Uniti e l’Inghilterra. Prima di scrivere La papessa ha raccolto e studiato fonti storiche, documenti e materiale di ogni genere per ben sette anni. Al momento sta lavorando a un nuovo romanzo, ambientato nella Francia del XVII secolo.
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Data di uscita16 dic 2013
ISBN9788854123083
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  • Valutazione: 2 su 5 stelle
    2/5
    I ended up aborting at about the 40% mark because I felt like I was reading a Harlequin Romance with a smattering of Latin that added nothing to the narrative.
  • Valutazione: 5 su 5 stelle
    5/5
    This is historic fiction at its best. The story of a intelligent young girl who hid her gender so that she could study in the monasteries. She rose in the Catholic hierarchy all the way to the top to become Pope - I guess she really leaned in to her career! People in Rome still talk about whether or not there was a female Pope and even today, one of the criteria before officially naming a Pope is for a Cardinal to check if he/she is male! I read this to prepare for a vacation to Rome. While we were there, Pope Benedict resigned the papacy which was the buzz the whole time we were there and made this book even more relevant.

    The audio version is beautifully performed by Barbara Rosenblat. This is one of those occasions of a perfect match between book and narrator - Bravo!
  • Valutazione: 5 su 5 stelle
    5/5
    Great Read!
  • Valutazione: 5 su 5 stelle
    5/5
    Excellent book. Highly recommended
  • Valutazione: 5 su 5 stelle
    5/5
    What a good book! I love historical fiction that teaches me something because I have to look up the facts while I'm reading it. The best book I've read in a while. The author did an excellent job following history and she wrote an interesting section at the end that includes more information about her research and other things she found out while writing Joan's story.
  • Valutazione: 4 su 5 stelle
    4/5
    This novel caught my eye because when I glanced at it at my favorite used bookstore, I initially read the title as it was, "Pope Joan", and thought I had mis-read it as Pope John. Nope, it really is titled Pope Joan. The synopsis from the back cover seemed interesting, even though I'm not a religious person nor am I particularly interested in religious history. However, this novel is actually a historical fiction account. Set in the ninth century, Joan is a strong-minded and highly intelligent girl born to a father who automatically loathes her because she is a girl. Eventually, Joan hides her true gender and becomes John. Along the way, she moves up into the church hierarchy and ultimately becomes Pope. Of course, she accomplishes this without her peers finding out that she's really a female. There are a few that do find out the truth but they keep her secret. There's a love interest for Joan as well.In real life, there are arguments for and against whether there was really a Pope Joan. In an author's note at the end of this book, Donna Woolfolk Cross shares this information and the possible supporting evidence with the reader. The reader is left to decide, and I think that yes there was a Pope Joan. I'd certainly like to think so.As a woman, it was hard at times for me to read about how misogynistic men were towards women during that era. However, the author doesn't take on a preachy tone toward the mores of the times, or towards religion in general. Overall, a good read, and although it is 422 pages long, I finished it much sooner than I thought I would.
  • Valutazione: 3 su 5 stelle
    3/5
    I enjoyed this very plausible, well-written historical novel. It’s vivid both in the settings and in the characters. It’s a brutal time, in which people are constantly fending off invaders and being conscripted for wars, while having to prove how pious they are.

    Pope Joan is a pope with a secret, mainly that she’s passing as a man. And to me, this rings very true. With the low opinion of women that was common at the time, I’m sure a lot of women decided to go this route, even with the great danger of being discovered.

    Of course, there is a romance in this book, and of course, Joan is constantly torn between love and the opportunities that have unfolded for her. My only real complaint with the book is that her lover, Gerold, is a bit one-dimensional: handsome, brave, understanding, accepting, pretty much perfect. He seems to have stepped out of a bodice-ripper and landed here in a more thoughtful novel.
  • Valutazione: 2 su 5 stelle
    2/5
    During the recent lead up to the newest pope, I wondered why had the old pope Benedict resigned? it was all so irregular and unprecedented. I conjured up my own version of a dark, embarrassing hush up that would last until many years after Benedict's death, when burial preparation would have shown that he had been transgendered, a woman who had lived as a man. Pretty original, eh? No. Not at all the first female pope came on the scene, according to rumor and legend, almost a thousand years ago, and she was called Pope Joan.

    The book "Pope Joan" is a recent novelization of an old legend, and it did not engage me. I am reassured that my perfect track record of having no original ideas is still perfect.
  • Valutazione: 4 su 5 stelle
    4/5
    A purely fictional account of a controversial and long-debated person ... quite the fascinating tale.


    ***POTENTIAL SPOILER***



    The ending left me feeling a bit vague and unsettled. It seemed far more a storybook ending than was likely, although the epilogue was priceless.
  • Valutazione: 2 su 5 stelle
    2/5
    Formulaic historical fiction with the requisite plucky heroine fighting misogyny, cruelty, and superstition. Characters were black and white with little-to-no character growth. Problems were solved through coincidences. Not an awful book--the author shows her extensive research of an era that we know little about today.Pope Joan is fabled to have lived in the most obscure of times--that being the 9th century. Scholars (NOT just the Catholic Church) determine that Pope Joan probably did not exist--however, the story is buried so far back in history that I think it's more fun to believe that she was real.This is a fascinating period of history about which we know so little, and that was my favourite thing about this book. At the end, the author outlines a handful of errors that readers wrote her about from the first edition, and she corrected them for later editions, so I have to give her kudos for doing that.
  • Valutazione: 4 su 5 stelle
    4/5
    A clearly well-researched novel about Pope Joan, a supposed ninth-century pope supposed to have been a woman. The author has clearly done her research about the ninth-century and is able to incorporate many, well-documented events into the novel and into the characters' lives. Joan emerges as a very likable character, an unwanted daughter who nevertheless receives an education to match her intellect, and eventually disguises herself as a man, becoming a monk, healer, adviser to Popes, and eventually Pope herself. While even the author admits in the closing notes that Joan's existence is difficult to prove or disprove, this novel does provide a fascinating insight into a period that little is known about. Definitely recommended for historical fiction fans!
  • Valutazione: 3 su 5 stelle
    3/5
    More historical than fiction, but fascinating tre