Pope Joan Short Essay - Answer Key

Donna Cross
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1. From what background are Joan's parents and why do these backgrounds not mix?

Joan's mother is Saxon and her father is a canon with the Catholic Church. Saxons are believed to be pagans by the members of the Catholic Church and therefore those who follow these beliefs are looked down upon and are often persecuted by Catholics.

2. Where does Joan go to school and whose teachings help her get there?

Joan meets and is tutored by the Greek, Aesculapius, which leads to her later being invited to attend school at Dorstadt with her brother John.

3. What event allows Joan to take on the persona of her brother and enter a monastery under his name?

Joan is able to take on her brother's identity after a massacre perpetrated by Norsemen on what was to have been her wedding day.

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