Pope Joan

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Pope Joan (Ioannes Anglicus, 855–857) was, according to legend, a woman who reigned as pope for two years during the Middle Ages. Her story first appeared in chronicles in the 13th century and subsequently spread throughout Europe. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Joan has received more than 2,151,448 page views. Her biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Pope Joan is the 237th most popular religious figure (down from 230th in 2019), the 151st most popular biography from Germany (up from 154th in 2019) and the 6th most popular German Religious Figure.

Pope Joan was a woman who disguised herself as a man and became pope. She was eventually found out and killed.

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  • 72.92

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  • 10.72

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  • 2.44

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Page views of Pope Joans by language

Over the past year Pope Joan has had the most page views in the with 226,140 views, followed by Spanish (98,169), and German (93,579). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Persian (108.61%), Malayalam (94.33%), and Belarusian (63.75%)


Among religious figures, Pope Joan ranks 237 out of 3,187Before her are John of the Cross, Pope Adeodatus I, Pope Celestine V, Pope John XVIII, Pope Marcellus I, and Pope Urban VI. After her are Pope Honorius II, Nathan, Ali ibn Husayn Zayn al-Abidin, Abdullah ibn Abd al-Muttalib, Pope Lucius III, and Tomás de Torquemada.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Pope Joan ranks 151 out of 7,253Before her are Rudolf Christoph Eucken (1846), Ernst Röhm (1887), Henry II, Holy Roman Emperor (973), Frederick William I of Prussia (1688), Friedrich Ebert (1871), and Levi Strauss (1829). After her are Eckhart Tolle (1948), Agrippina the Younger (15), Franz von Papen (1879), Friedrich Hölderlin (1770), Johann Friedrich Herbart (1776), and Alfred Jodl (1890).


Among religious figures born in Germany, Pope Joan ranks 6Before her are Martin Luther (1483), Pope Benedict XVI (1927), Hildegard of Bingen (1098), Ambrose (340), and Albertus Magnus (1206). After her are Pope Damasus II (1000), Philip Melanchthon (1497), Pope Clement II (1005), Thomas à Kempis (1380), Bruno of Cologne (1030), and Pope Victor II (1018).