Pope Joan

Pope Joan

Pope Joan (Ioannes Anglicus; 855–857) was, according to legend, a woman who reigned as pope for a few years during the Middle Ages. Her story first appeared in chronicles in the 13th century and subsequently spread throughout Europe. The story was widely believed for centuries, but most modern scholars regard it as fictional.Most versions of her story describe her as a talented and learned woman who disguised herself as a man, often at the behest of a lover. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Joan has received more than 1,310,272 page views. Her biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia making her the 169th most popular religious figure.

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  • 73.91

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  • 46

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 11.37

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.21

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among religious figures, Pope Joan ranks 171 out of 2,001Before her are Elizabeth, Pope Eugene IV, Mani, Job, Pope Benedict XI, and John Bosco. After her are Pope Urban VI, Pope Marcellus II, Rita of Cascia, Saint Roch, Pope Nicholas V, and Pope Clement IX.

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Among people born in Germany, Pope Joan ranks 106 out of 3,763Before her are Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845), Theodor W. Adorno (1903), Heinrich Böll (1917), Erich Honecker (1912), Novalis (1772), and Friedrich Fröbel (1782). After her are Carl von Clausewitz (1780), Georg Philipp Telemann (1681), Carl Orff (1895), Leni Riefenstahl (1902), Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472), and Wilhelm Wundt (1832).


Among religious figures born in Germany, Pope Joan ranks 4Before her are Martin Luther (1483), Pope Benedict XVI (1927), and Hildegard of Bingen (1098). After her are Ambrose (340), Saint Ursula (400), Pope Gregory V (972), Thomas à Kempis (1380), Bruno of Cologne (1030), Pope Damasus II (1000), Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774), and Pope Victor II (1018).

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