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Queen Joanna of Naples kneels to our left.  14thcentury.  Nicolò Di Tommaso, c. 1371, Fresco, Certosa di San Giacomo, Capri (photo by Luciano Pedicini)

Queen Joanna of Naples kneels to our left. 14thcentury. Nicolò Di Tommaso, c. 1371, Fresco, Certosa di San Giacomo, Capri (photo by Luciano Pedicini)

Libro de Horas de Juana la loca.

Libro de Horas de Juana la loca.

The siege of Malta (1565) resulted in the first check to Ottoman expansion since the siege of Vienna (1529). The Knights of Malta held out against the Turks until the arrival of a Spanish relief force and the lateness of the campaign season caused the Turks to withdraw.

The siege of Malta (1565) resulted in the first check to Ottoman expansion since the siege of Vienna (1529). The Knights of Malta held out against the Turks until the arrival of a Spanish relief force and the lateness of the campaign season caused the Turks to withdraw.

Pope Joan was a  female pope who allegedly reigned for a few years some time during the Middle Ages. The story first appeared in 13th-century chronicles, and was subsequently spread and embellished throughout Europe. It was widely believed for centuries, though modern religious scholars consider it fictitious, perhaps deriving from historicized folklore.

Pope Joan was a female pope who allegedly reigned for a few years some time during the Middle Ages. The story first appeared in 13th-century chronicles, and was subsequently spread and embellished throughout Europe. It was widely believed for centuries, though modern religious scholars consider it fictitious, perhaps deriving from historicized folklore.

Testicle checking chair introduced after Pope Joan was discovered!

Testicle checking chair introduced after Pope Joan was discovered!

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Pope Joan, tarot card.  9th century Roman scribe named Anastasius Bibliothecarius tells the story of a woman who, after passing herself off as a man - was elected Pope! The scribe's account is today classified by the Vatican as a blasphemous, apocryphal fable, but other writers after Bibliothecarius have also recorded more detailed accounts of 'Pope Joan' - as she was allegedly known.

Pope Joan, tarot card. 9th century Roman scribe named Anastasius Bibliothecarius tells the story of a woman who, after passing herself off as a man - was elected Pope! The scribe's account is today classified by the Vatican as a blasphemous, apocryphal fable, but other writers after Bibliothecarius have also recorded more detailed accounts of 'Pope Joan' - as she was allegedly known.

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Pope_with_Tiara_Painting.jpg (575×600)

A renaissance depiction of the female Pope - Pope Joan, giving Birth

The Pregnant Pope - Mystery Files

A renaissance depiction of the female Pope - Pope Joan, giving Birth

Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey,(1516/1517 – 19 January 1547), was an English aristocrat, and one of the founders of English Renaissance poetry. Eldest son of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, and his second wife, the former Lady Elizabeth Stafford. Henry VIII. had Surrey imprisoned - with his father - sentenced to death on 13 January 1547, and beheaded for treason on 19 January 1547.

Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey,(1516/1517 – 19 January 1547), was an English aristocrat, and one of the founders of English Renaissance poetry. Eldest son of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, and his second wife, the former Lady Elizabeth Stafford. Henry VIII. had Surrey imprisoned - with his father - sentenced to death on 13 January 1547, and beheaded for treason on 19 January 1547.

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