Pope Joan - Chapter 24 Summary & Analysis

Donna Cross
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Chapter 24 Summary

Lothar leaves Rome to avoid the pestilence brought on by summer heat. Sergius is high in the peoples' favor and is healthy and stronger. The orphanage is being rebuilt and Romans are more prosperous. The news that a fleet of Saracen [ancient Islamic or Arab] ships is on the way to Rome startles Joan, who knows they do not fear Christian gods, but Sergius's faith has grown so strong, he rejects her advice to move the holy relics to a safer place, and tells his people that God will protect Rome. Joan is more realistic.

Gerold is now serving in the army of the Prince of Benevento. Prince Siconulf grants Gerold three divisions of troops to go and protect the holy city from the Saracen invasion.

Slaughtering the Roman troops, the Saracen plunder the basilica, taking the holy cross of Constantine. Sergius collapses...

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