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Skaneateles lake: Pope Joan at Glen Haven

Novelist Donna Woolfolk Cross will lead a discussion about her book, Pope Joan, at the last Glen Haven Book Discussion Group of the year on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m at the Glen Haven School and Public Library, 7325 Fair Haven Road, at the head (southend) of Skaneateles Lake. The program is offered without charge and is open to everyone.

Although most modern scholars dismiss stories of a woman who becomes the pope of the Roman Catholic Church as legend or satire, the notion has persisted, even among Catholics, for more than a thousand years. One of the most popular of the stories involves Joan, a 9th century well-educated and talented Francian woman who ascends the papal throne as John Anglicus.

Cross, after extensive research of the cultural and religious norms of the era, has written an engaging novel about this woman known traditionally as Pope Joan. All are invited to attend, participate, and, ultimately, to decide for themselves--is this something that actually could have

For more information about this or any of the other activities of the Glen Haven Historical Society, call Bud Jermy, (607)749-4365, or e-mail cwj1@cornell.edu.

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