It wasn’t my intention to recommend books that I haven’t read myself but in honor of one of my newest jewelry designs, I’ll do it. As I said in this post, according to legend, Pope Joan disguised herself as a man and led the Church for a brief time in the 850s. I did read the historical novel Pope Joan by Donna Cross, which starkly illustrates how brutal life was for a woman in the Dark Ages (especially chilling since it is no different in some societies today). I haven’t read a non-fiction book yet, but I’ll probably get The Myth of Pope Joan, which dismisses the idea that Joan was real but explores what purposes the myth of Joan might have served. I’m intrigued by a comic, fictional take on the female pope, and I will definitely get this book on myths of the Middle Ages. Finally, if you need something to hang above your living room couch, a poster print of Pope Joan Is Condemned to the Jaws of Hell for Fornication will certainly be a conversation piece as well as a deterrent for house guests who tend to overstay their welcome.