Pope Joan Guestbook Entries:  1998


Name: Don Williams
Location: TOIVAKKA, Finland
Date: Sunday, December 27, 1998 at 02:29:14

I read a novel about Pope Joan more than tewnty years ago but have forgotten the authors name. Can you tell me about it?

Name:Thomas Schmidt
Location: Ruemmingen, BW Germany
Date: Saturday, December 26, 1998 at 15:27:07

Hi Donna, first of all, let me thank you for writing a book like this. It has made me quite curious, that is why, I will certainly make further investigations concerning this subject. I am very impressed of the amount of background information you must have collected to write this novel. The question I still have is about this finger-counting system you told about. I'm quite impressed of it, and would like to ask you, if you could explain it to me.....Thanks!

Name: Elizabeth M. Moore
Location: Norwalk, Ohio USA
Date: Tuesday, December 22, 1998 at 19:04:31

Donna, when I saw the cover of yr book, Pope Joan, it capitvated me. The cover illustration reminds me of Cameron Diaz-face shape & features. Joan's story enthralled me, even tho I knew what happened to her, I had to keep forging thru the story to see how you wrote her story. The very 1st time I heard of a female pope was in Barbara G.Walker(?)I can't recall her last name, but I have everything she's published. The information re Pope Joan astounded me. I loved the way you wrote her story & esp. love the cover portrayal. Thanks so much for keeping us informed of the information buried long ago. Bette

Name: Josie Serracin
Location: Annandale, VA USA
Date: Tuesday, December 22, 1998 at 14:07:07

Dear Ms. Cross, my book club plans to read "Pope Joan" in February and would like to hold book club with you either on the speaker phone or through the chat room. February's meeting will be held the last Tuesday/Wednesday of the month or the first Tuesday/Wednesday of March - which- ever is convenient for you. If you could please, contact me by email or phone to discuss your availability and how you like to conduct these sessions. Thank you and Happy Holidays, Josie Serracin

Name: norma mcdonough
Date: Tuesday, December 15, 1998 at 17:02:07

HI Donna, Just wanted to tell you again how appreciative I am for the author "chat-by-phone." Book club members really, really, really enjoyed it! You gave such informative answers. So much information! We learned a lot. You had a nice conversational style with lots of humor which we enjoyed.For your information, there were 10 members attending:8 women, and 2 men. One member belongs to anther book club. I will be talking up the chat with other book clubs that share the same resources as we do(other libraries in northeast Ohio). Looking forward to the movie and your next book Sincerely, Norma McDonough, Randolph Branch Manager,Portage County District Library

Name: Wolfgang Valentin Ikas
Location: Würzburg, Germany
Date: Tuesday, December 15, 1998 at 08:27:59

As I am working on a medieval chronicle, in which the account of Pope Joan appears, I would be interested to know what success a story about a female pope receives today - to get a notion how great the interest in the Middle Ages might have been, had there already been the invention of letter-press printing. If you could give me approximate figures on how many copies of the novel have been sold so far, both in the original language and maybe also in total (if this figure should be not available I would be grateful if you could tell the figure for Germany). Thank you very much.

Name: Amy E. Bartlett
Location: New Orleans, LA USA
Date: Sunday, December 13, 1998 at 22:18:54

I first found mention of Pope Joan in a play by Caryl Churchill, and I'm using on of her monologues in my women's studies class. I found your page on a web search, and I can't wait to read the book. Thanks for keeping the legend alive.

Name: Judy Otte
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Date: Monday, November 30, 1998 at 21:00:52

Dear Donna, Where do I start? My book club was absolutely thrilled with your call last Thursday. We thought you were charming, intelligent and fascinating. No wonder "Pope Joan" was so great! We loved being on the inside scoop about the movie, and I can assure you we will be first in line to see it. Now we are all telling others, especially other book clubs, about this treasure of a book and also the delightful phone chats that are possible. Thank you so much for your time you gave us and the real interest you seemed to take in our group. We will always be your biggest fans.

Name: Suzanne Carlston
Location: Muskegon, , MI USA
Date: Saturday, November 28, 1998 at 18:09:11

Wonderful book! Could you call my book study group on Monday, Nov.30. I have talked with you before in another group, and it brought to life the passion with which you researched and wrote Pope Joan. I would like others who are on a spiritual quest to have the opportunity to talk with you. We meet at 7:30 for 2 hours. Another time would also be possible. Please reply. Sincerely, S. Carlston.

Name: Lise Eden

Date: Tuesday, November 24, 1998 at 13:03:24

I recently played the part of pope joan for just one scene in an internal assesment at college but reading your book helped me to really understand how to portray her character acted and spoke. without knowing it you helped me very much. thankyou

Name: Amy Tidbold
Location: Brisbane, Q Australia
Date: Monday, November 23, 1998 at 19:38:34

Hi Donna! Your book was brilliant - although I read many books from the library I normally don't buy them. When I saw this one on a shelf in the book store I knew I had to have it! As I read this brilliant work I was pleased that I had made such an excellent choice. As a woman who is passionate about women's ordination in the Catholic Church and who aspires to becoming a priest herself, despite the odds, this story was inspiring and in many ways emotionally healing. Thank you for this wonderful experience. As I was reading, I too, like another one of your fans, thought what a wonderful film this would make! Good luck for the future, I will be looking out for another book!

Name:Fátima Bregante
Location: Villena, Alicante Spain
Date: Monday, November 23, 1998 at 08:12:37

It's such a wonderful, great, valliant, strong and pasionanting novel... I had not read such a good novel since "Don Quijote". It's one of the best books that have ever fallen in my hands.But i don't write only to congratulate you, I also want to "gift" you one idea (forget my english, but I'm spanish)Why do not you send the book to a cinema productor? It could be really great in the screen. Imagine: Robert Sean Leonard or Nicholas Cage as Gerold, Claire Danes as Pope Joan,Liam Neeson as Anastasius... It could be such a great succes, and probably the studio wouldn't change nothing important because it's a very filmic story, I mean, it's very easy to get it into the screen. Dear Donna, I don't ask you neither that you answer this message, but please read it and think about what I say. Thank you very,very,very much for this perfect book.xxxxxxx > Fátima.

Name: chus
Location: Jaén, España España
Date: Friday, November 20, 1998 at 01:43:27

¿Existió alguna vez la papisa Juana? Y si solo fue un mito, de dónde procede ese cuento tan extendido........gracias.

Name: Holly V Van Valkenburgh

Date: Wednesday, November 18, 1998 at 07:51:29

Donna--Thanks for phone chatting with our AUUW book group last night. You added so much to our evening; our consensus was that we had never had such a great Book Club meeting! Our group is very casual - we decide on what we're going to read as we go along. I had suggested Pope Joan in September, after reading the review in the library journal. We decided to skip December and are going to read any book about convent life for January - the result of our talk this evening about women's lives and what they had to do to gain independence. I especially enjoyed your Q and A dialogue in the book where you talk about education being the one factor that can make a woman successful. I am a firm believer in lifelong education and that education is the saving factor in most any problem/situation. Thank you, again, for your call this evening.

Name: Kelly Bridges
Location: Riverside, CT
Date: Friday, November 13, 1998 at 15:48:20

My book group is reading Pope Joan due to many strong recommendations from others. We are hoping you can join us for our next meeting on Tuesday, December 8, around 8:30 p.m. EST. Sorry for the short notice. Please let us know. Thanks.

Name: Liz
Location: Berwick, PA USA
Date: Thursday, November 12, 1998 at 20:00:17

Donna, I was in contact with Kathy from Her Story Books in Hamlin,PA. She gave me your name. I am on the commettee for the Columbia/Montour Counties Women's Conference. It is held at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA. Our 19th Conference is scheduled for March 27th and we are looking for a key note! Kathy has said nothing but good! I was hoping we could speak about the conference and see if perhaps you might be interested! Could you please contact me via e-mail and I will give you a call. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to tell you all about our WONDERFUL conference! Best regards, Liz

Name: Lisa Tebbe
Location: Old Greenwich, CT USA
Date: Thursday, November 12, 1998 at 15:07:00

Donna,I read Pope JOan a while back and suggested it for our book club. We would love to have you join us. It is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1998 at 8 PM EST. Would you be able to join us? THanks, Lisa Tebbe.

Name: Linda Hall

Date: Wednesday, November 11, 1998 at 11:45:58

Dear Donna, Many thanks for the time you spent on the phone with our book group this evening. When our conversation concluded the entire book group applauded and let out whoops and hollers. All said it was the best experience of our 12 years of gatherings (and we've had scores of discussions that have lasted until 2 a.m. or so!). Thought I'd pass along to you a couple of tales about how very much your book was enjoyed. Our member that has four boys beginning with 16 year olds twins on down to a 5 year old had not begun reading your book last week. She said she didn't think she could get into it. Another member told her how much she was enjoying the book and to give it a try. Well, to shorten a long story....once she started the book she couldn't put it down. It was time for dinner and she was reading...the boys asking, "Mom, what's for dinner? We're starving. Are you ever going to stop reading?" She said while reading, "How does cereal sound? Does that sound okay?" The next morning as they were getting ready for school they asked , "Are you ever going to stop reading? You haven't done the laundry in days. We have no clean socks. Are you ever going to stop reading?" So, rather than stop reading she sent them to ShopKo to buy socks and they came home with 4 dozen pair of white socks! Another member has had an extremely rough last couple of years with many heartbreaking family problems and the necessity to find a new career. Through all this she has been working two jobs, going to school and taking her C.P.A. exams. We've always told her to join us whenever she can and never worry about reading the books. Your book is the first book and has been able to read and complete in two years. She said she loved it and couldn't put it down. I think it was a therapeutic experience. Once again, thanks for your gift of a special evening, Linda Hall

Name: Colleen Purvis
Location: Everett, WA
Date: Wednesday, November 11, 1998 at 17:03:39

Donna, I picked your book up at my mother-in-laws one evening and absolutely devoured it. I have passed it on to three women at work already, two of which are Catholic. And the wonderful comments upon its return were fantastic. I am currently in a Western Civ history class that is on-line and enjoying it tremendously. My final weeks' assignment is to select a question and answer it with the date in history not to go past the 1300's. So I've decided my topic will be POPE JOAN. I have your book as my only resource and reference though and would like to refer to other sources as well to drive home my conviction that this amazing woman actually lived. Could you assist me? Any information would be must grateful. Thank You and I would love to know when you'll be writing another book? Colleen

Name: Jill Duffin

Date: Monday, November 9, 1998 at 10:12:44

Dear Donna, On behalf of our Book Group I would like to thank you for talking with us last week. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed hearing from you! Be assured we are passing the word about your wonderful book. Some of us will be reading your nonfiction soon, and of course we are looking forward to the new novel. Sincerely, Jill Duffin

Name: Linda Hall

Date: Friday, November 6, 1998 at 23:38:13

Dear Donna: My book group has been together 12 years. We will be meeting Tuesday 11/10/98 at 8:30 pm CST to discuss POPE JOAN. Our discussions are always lively. If you have any free time for a short conversation 402-391-2001. We would greatly appreciate hearing from you if you can spare some time. My second book group of three years will also be reading POPE JOAN this year. We have heard extremely positive reviews from other groups who have read your book. Historical fiction / non-fiction (?) works are always favorites of ours. I am enjoying your book immensely. Many thanks. Linda Hall

Name: catharina schnetz
Location: cologne, nrw germany
Date: Friday, November 6, 1998 at 10:02:59

hi i read your book and loved it and because of that i wanted to write an extended essay on pope joan, but i don't have any more information about her than your book. therefore i would be very gratefull if you would send me some information about her and some of your sources if this is possible. the comment of a very good friend of mine (a girl) when i told her my plan for the extended essay was "you could also write about rosamunde pilcher" the comment of my teacher was almost the same so i really need your help. thanks very much cathy !!!!

Name: Holly Van Valkenburgh
Location: Carson City, NV USA
Date: Wednesday, November 4, 1998 at 12:40:28

We are reading Pope Joan for my AAUW book group, meeting Nov 17 at 6:30 PST. Would you be available that evening for a chat? My library copy did not have discussion questions; could you e-mail them to me? Since I read your book, I have read four others on Pope Joan - yours is still the best! Thank you!

Name: Katherine Holian

Date: Wednesday, November 4, 1998 at 10:59:01

Donna, Thanks so much for calling our book group last night. It was absolutely the highlight of our year. We really enjoyed your comments and can't wait to see the movie. I think we will all have to go together! Thanks once again!

Name: Allen Barnett
Location: Leonardtown, MD USA
Date: Thursday, October 29, 1998 at 06:20:44

I read your book at the same time I was taking a collage sociology course. It was great, this book should be mandatory reading for every sociology student. I have passed the book onto my mother ,son and 2 daughters. They were just as fasinated as I. Question, how is your new book coming, any date yet? Thanks again.

Name: Lisa Campbell
Location: Alexandria, VA U.S.
Date: Tuesday, October 27, 1998 at 15:18:28

I am a college student and while in one of my classes I mentioned Pope Joan and I thought I was going to get a bomb threat. People are so intimidated by the thought of a women Pope that just the idea of it (I wasn't going to push) made people angry. My teacher replied calmly "She was just a myth." And this man teaches college level History!

Name: Ellen Coin
Location: New York,
Date: Tuesday, October 27, 1998 at 08:06:39

My friend Mary was staying at my apt. recently and started reading my copy of Pope Joan. She was so gripped by the story that she ran out and bought her own copy!

Name: Robert Otte
Location: Grand Rapids, MI USA
Date: Monday, October 26, 1998 at 12:21:58

Donna, Thank you again for the information you sent for my wife's book group. They are very excited about the possibility of talking to you via telephone. They are meeting on Thursday, November 19 and would be very interested in talking with you at about 9:00-9:30 PM. That is their regularly scheduled meeting. If that date does not work, they could meet on Thursday, December 3. (By the way, my wife has her own e-mail address, but hasn't figured out how to use her computer yet.) We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you, Robert L. Otte

Name: Ellen Storch
Location: Farmington, NY USA
Date: Sunday, October 25, 1998 at 20:32:39

The Friends of the Victor Free Library, Victor, NY, are interested in having you discuss your book, Pope Joan, in 1999. I heard you speak last spring at the Canandaigua library and thoroughly enjoyed your talk. Please let me know if this is a possibility via my E-Mail.

Name: Jennifer Blum
Location: Louisville, KY
Date: Sunday, October 25, 1998 at 10:13:58

Thank you, thank you, Donna! All our book group members mentioned how impressive, forthright, and energizing you are. In fact, as the group was wrapping up after your call on Friday, Holly said what an inspirational professor you must be and asked "Why couldn't I have had professors like that when I was in school?!" Bridget agreed that your conversation with us really added a whole new dimension, one which I know will impact all our future book discussions. I'm sure you can understand how inspirational and meaningful your phone conversation was for our group. I expect that you must have energized every group you've chatted with, and I certainly hope you will continue to make time for groups such as ours in the future as your fame continues to spread. We are all looking forward to your next two novels, and of course the movie. I'm sure we will be only one of hundreds of book clubs that plan a Pope Joan movie night and discussion. Again, many, many thanks Donna for all your time this past week on the internet and on the phone, and for your inspiration. Fond regards from your Kentucky Fans

Name: Anna Alonzo
Location: Phoenix, Az US
Date: Wednesday, October 21, 1998 at 15:15:47

Just a short note to let you know how much I enjoyed your book. I love reading books based in medieval time, more specifically, historical fiction. To find a book which combines both of these features and to center on a woman was pure joy! Being a Catholic, I found the story of Pope Joan truly inspiring. One has to wonder why the Church has not openly embraced her. Anyway, I couldn't put your book down. Hope to read anything else you may write or may have written. You're my kind of author! Thanks, again!!!

Name: Frank Pappalardo
Location: N. Syracuse, N.Y.
Date: Wednesday, October 21, 1998 at 09:59:01

We are starting a book discussion group at the Salina Free Library, and we have choosen Pope Joan as our first selection. If you still reside in the Syracuse area, it would be a pleasure to have you interact with our group on any level that you might find convienient. I know you must get barraged by similar requests, but I hope you can understand why it was hard to resist the urge to ask. I'm sure everyone in our group would be thrilled if you were able to comply.

Name: Jennifer Blum
Location: Louisville, KY USA
Date: Monday, October 19, 1998 at 20:56:43

Greetings from our women's bookclub in KY. We'll be meeting this Friday, October 23 to discuss your novel. I have a Crown Publisher's hardcover and have been unable to obtain a Ballantine Reader's Circle copy with the discussion guide, and I was hoping you could email me with the discussion questions or instructions on how I could obtain them online or direct from the publisher. Also, any update on the New Line Cinema production: casting, production schedule/location, release date? I'm looking forward to our book group discussion this Friday and will email you with a synopsis of our comments and questions. Cheers, Jennifer Blum

Name: Katherine Holian
Location: Omaha, NE USA
Date: Monday, October 19, 1998 at 09:19:27

Would it be possible for you to answer some questions for the Greater Omaha chapter of the American Association of University Women's Feminist Book Review group at 8pm, Wednesday, October 28 at my home via telephone? We are hopeful you will be available. Thank you! Katherine Holian

Name: Liz Gottlieb
Location: Middletown, NY USA
Date: Friday, October 16, 1998 at 14:25:57

I am wondering if you are available on April 16, 1999 to be a keynote speaker at our spring conference, entitled "God the Mother- Sexual Politics and Civilization". I am coordinating the event and would be very excited to have you as our guest at Orange County Community College. Thank you.

Name: Elizabeth Metzger
Location: Canastota, NY USA
Date: Friday, October 16, 1998 at 12:01:26

Your speech last night at the Mid-York dinner was very inspiring! We would love to have you as a guest author at the Canastota Public Library. Are you available in the next 6-8 months? I am encouraging our book club to read your book so they can have a teleconference with you too. I look forward to hearing from you.

Name: Laura Wendt
Location: Watertown, NY USA
Date: Thursday, October 15, 1998 at 10:04:40

I Loved your book!! What an exciting way to bring history to life. We have just started a book reading group here and we picked your book for our first meeting. (several of us had already read your book and were dying to talk about it). Our first meeting will be November 5th in the morning. It would be great to talk to you. What sort of books do you like to read and what can you suggest to our reading group? We would really love to see you write another book!

Name: norma mcdonough
Location: randolph, oh usa
Date: Tuesday, October 13, 1998 at 15:16:33

The Randolph Library Reading Group is reading your book for its Dec 17 meeting. Would you be able to chat with us that evening-7-8 pm? We are a very small library that has had a reading group in existence for 3 yrs. Sincerely, Norma McDonough, Branch Manager

Name: Theresa Hegedus

Date: Monday, October 12, 1998 at 07:21:14

Thanks so much for calling last night and spending some time with our bookclub. Everyone was thrilled to have had a chance to talk with the author of our book. The energy you brought and your willingness to answer all our questions really made the night a success. We all thought your oral storytelling was as good as your written. Everyone sat leaning in toward the phone during the entire call. I can't recall anyone getting up for refreshments or the restroom. We are all looking forward to the movie and will certainly be looking for your new book hopefully next year! With sincere thanks and gratitude, Theresa Hegedus and all the members of the bookclub, Patty, Vicki, Blythe,Sherri, Susan,Sue, Marilyn, Ann,Mary Kay and Julie.

Name: Jill Duffin

Date: Sunday, October 11, 1998 at 13:03:18

Our Book Club meets this week to discuss Pope Joan. We also are reading In God's Name by David Yallop, nonfiction about the very short reign of Pope JohnPaulI. Very interesting comparison reading though stories are totally different. Book Club may be interested in a telephone "talk. Please advise . Thank you!

Name:Kelly M. Marlowe
Location: Ringgold, GA USA
Date: Saturday, October 10, 1998 at 19:28:24

I have a friend who uses the handle Pope Joan when online. She chose the name because of the legend of Pope Joan. When I first saw the book, I didn't hesitate, I bought it. It was one of the most exciting books I've read. What an exciting thought that this may very well have happened! I believe that legends begin with some small grain of truth and grow over the centuries, such as the King Arthur legends. I look forward to seeing the movie, and will be one of the first in line when it opens.

Name: Theresa Grussing
Location: Greensboro, NC USA
Date: Wednesday, October 7, 1998 at 12:00:23

Donna, Pope Joan was wonderful! I'm anxiously awaiting your next book.Are you working on anything now? What has the response been from the Catholic Church? Pope Joan is a fascinating story and you did a beautiful job telling it.

Name: Cathy Giesy

Date: Saturday, September 26, 1998 at 07:17:07

Thanks for calling our book club Tuesday night. Everyone really appreciated that you called. And everyone enjoyed your discussion over the phone. It was a lot of fun to hear you speak- Almost as if you were in the room with us in person. Good luck with your next book and with the movie of Pope Joan.

Name: Paige Wolfanger
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Date: Wednesday, September 23, 1998 at 10:56:37

I read Pope Joan last year, and loved it, in part, because I was at that time comtemplating embarking on a career in the church. At present I am in seminary, my first year in an M. Div program. I was put in mind of the book again because of my General Church History course. Last weekend while reading my textbook, I noticed they skipped right over her. In all fairness, the authors skipped over a whole lot, but the point is that I rembered the inspiration Pope Joan was to me, and wanted to say thanks.

Name: Maggie Ramlow
Location: Green Valley, Az USA
Date: Wednesday, September 23, 1998 at 10:25:46

Many thanks to you, Donna, for visiting our blook club discussion by speaker phone lat night. We were delighted with your information, charm and sense of humor. We had a lively discussion following. We are all looking forward to the movie.

Name: Sharon Johnson
Location: New York, NY
Date: Thursday, September 17, 1998 at 11:56:31

It was so inspiring to read about Pope Joan, a woman who overcame such great obstacles with her learning and accomplishment. Reading her story changed my life. I have now returned to school to get my B.A. after dropping out over 30 years ago to get married and raise four children. Thank you so much for writing this wonderful book.

Name: molly richardson
Location: San Francisco,
Date: Thursday, September 17, 1998 at 11:54:53

our book club was facinated with the story and donna's help with a discussion. looking forward to the next book.

Name: Cathy Giesy
Location: Amado, AZ USA
Date: Saturday, September 5, 1998 at 20:06:10

We will be discussing your book at our book club meeting on Sept 22 at 7:00 PM Arizona time. Would you be able to call us for a speaker phone discussion? We would really enjoy hearing from you. Thank you very much. Cathy Giesy

Name: Joan Anne Caron
Location: utica, ny
Date: Friday, August 28, 1998 at 09:13:53

I am a librarian at the Utica Public Libary in charge of adult lt programming. Di you ever do library talks and if so what is your fee? We are applying for a grant in September for 1999.Our telephone number is 315-735-2279. Thanks.

Name: Courtney Ranstrom

Date: Thursday, August 27, 1998 at 17:47:37

I read your book. It was fabulous. I went to a Catholic high school and so I asked my former religion teacher (a brother of the church) about her. He denied her existence, but I believe she existed. I'm reading that one with my children someday AND my grandchildren. It is one of the best books I have ever read. Thank you for writing something so wonderful.

Name: Doreen Gelfand
Location: Santa Monica, CA USA
Date: Monday, August 24, 1998 at 16:20:01

Having heard rave reviews, Pope Joan will be my book club suggestion at the meeting I will be hosting 9/8/98. We have 1 month to read the book so I would like to find out if you will be available some time in the first 2 weeks of Oct. 98 to participate in a conference call with our book club (usually held at 7:00 p.m. California time). In addition, will you be speaking in the area in the near future? I look forward to burying myself in your book! Thanks!

Name: Marlene

Date: Monday, August 24, 1998 at 11:31:52

Can you join our book club for a chat on 14 September at 7:30p.m.? We will be discussing your book.

Name: Nicole L. Cosand
Location: San Francisco, CA USA
Date: Wednesday, August 19, 1998 at 18:38:03

It's been almost two years now since I read this book and it was one of the most intriguing books I have ever read. I was so depressed when it ended - because it didn't want it to! I also am glad to see that it's going to be made into a movie. While reading the book - that's how I saw it. I could see every frame. It's wonderful and I can't wait for Donna's next book. I'm glad I found this website through Amazon - I've been looking for information on Donna all along and it's so great that she's getting such incredible feedback on this amazing book. Good luck!

Name: Danielle Le Maire
Location: Laval, que canada
Date: Sunday, August 16, 1998 at 18:41:11

What a pager turner. I read the book last year in the space of a day and a half. I re-read the book last month. My sister and mother also read the book although my mother had to wait for the French translation. I found it fascinating and well written. I had never heard of Joan or her legend although my mother had. Your writing made the ninth century and Joan come alive and real. THANK YOU FOR AN EXCELLENT BOOK.

Name: susan leighow
Location: Harrisburg, PA
Date: Friday, August 14, 1998 at 08:38:21

Hi Donna, Two weeks later, and I'm still hearing rave reviews about your August 2nd presentation. One of our long-term members tells me you were the best speaker that UCH ever had. I'm halfway through Pope Joan and am enjoying it immensely. Although I'm not a medieval specialist, it seems historically correct as well as excellently written. Thank you so much! Susan Leighow Unitarian Church of Harrisburg

Name:Yvonne Aburrow
Location: Southampton, Hampshire England
Date: Wednesday, August 12, 1998 at 05:59:42

Pope Joan is one of the most inspiring books I have ever read, and I was completely unable to put it down. I read it from cover to cover in one night. It also made me cry in several parts. I had heard of Pope Joan, as she is reputed to be a possible source for the Tarot card "La Papesse" (the Popess, now usually known as the High Priestess). I have lent the book out (and am holding a copy of the Nag Hammadi library hostage to make sure I get it back!) It was a very powerful book, and I shall definitely go and see the film. I hope you are writing some more. I found your website from the Amazon City review pages.

Name: Mollie Steward
Location: Shiloh, NJ USA
Date: Sunday, August 9, 1998 at 22:03:02

Hello! I really enjoyed Pope Joan. I think you have captured the essence of the legend and the forces might have impelled Joan to act as she did. You really took us on a ride with this one! I think I saw (on your home page there) that this is to be a movie - that is wonderfully exciting news. I also enjoyed hearing you at the AAUW-NJ Annual Meeting back in April; you gave such a lively presentation. Thanks again for a great read! Mollie

Name: Laura Blanco
Location: Madrid, Spain
Date: Sunday, August 9, 1998 at 04:20:21

Hi! I´m an Spanish girl of fourteen years old who wants to said to you: thanks for write your book!!. The book is fantastic, and since I read it, I have read it twice more. Now I believe in Pope Joan like if I have been in Roma in de IX s. And your book is one of my favourites!

Name: John Messmer, MD
Location: Palmyra, PA USA
Date: Thursday, August 6, 1998 at 20:21:04

It was a pleasure meeting you and having you autograph a copy of Pope Joan at the Renaissance Faire last weekend. I have been on vacation this week so was fortunate to be able to read it in a few days. I expected a biography but was enthralled by a luscious histoire rich in imagery with characters so mature I feel I would recognize them if we meet. I was struck by your knowledge of medieval medicines. Even as a man, I felt a closeness to Joan in her struggle to practice medicine based on knowledge rather than superstition. I do believe that the actions of individuals like Joan who, despite the risk, act for the greater good will move us slowly toward a greater humanity. Books like Pope Joan serve to steel those who would be like her to carry on in her path. I plan to suggest that my daughter read this to reinforce what her mother and I tell her about limitless life choices.

Name: Peg Miller
Location: Syracuse, NY
Date: Wednesday, August 5, 1998 at 17:34:06

Dear Donna, On behalf of the reading group, I want to thank you for joining us to discuss Pope Joan. What a wonderful evening - sitting on the deck, talking about your research, the international response to Pope Joan, the screenplay writing process and more. We all appreciate your generous sharing of that valuable commodity, time! After you left, we talked again about wanting to share Joan with our daughters and other important women in our lives. Thanks again for introducing us to two fascinating women - Pope Joan and Donna Woolfolk Cross.

Name: Paige Brunner
Location: Detroit, MI USA
Date: Tuesday, August 4, 1998 at 08:50:30

Our book group is presently reading (and enjoying!) Pope Joan. We're interested in setting up an on-line chat within a month or so. How can we schedule?

Name: Jonathan Foskey

Date: Monday, August 3, 1998 at 09:21:45

Thanks so very much for responding to my queries. I must admit that I was skeptical that I would receive a response, and so quickly! I am very interested in doing the research and then seeing how you transformed the scraps into a novel. I think that it is rare to find an author that responds to readers like this, and if for no other reason than this I wish you continued success in your writing career.

I saw "Pope Joan" in a bookstore a few months back and picked it up out of curiosity. Usually, I read one book at home, and one on the bus commuting to work. This was one book that I read everytime I had a chance, even staying up 'way too late to finish. Excellent work, and a fascinating look at the Catholic Church. BTW, I am not a Catholic and found it very easy to follow. (An earlier poster wanted to know if non-Catholics enjoyed the book.)

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