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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a game at cards played on a round board with compartments.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A game of cards played by any number of persons with a pack from which the eight of diamonds has been removed, on a board divided into eight compartments for holding the bets, which are won by the player who turns up or plays certain cards.


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  • _ -- Can any information be procured as to the origin of the game called Pope Joan, and (what is of more importance) of the above title, whether any such personage ever held the keys of St Peter and wore the tiara?

    Notes and Queries, Number 75, April 5, 1851 A Medium of Inter-communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, etc.

  • "Pope Joan," Shadwell the comedy of the "Lancashire Witches," to expose to hatred and ridicule the religion of the successor to the crown.

    The Dramatic Works of John Dryden, Volume 1 With a Life of the Author

  • To recommend these rigid measures, and to keep up that zealous hatred and terror of the catholic religion, which the plot had inspired, Settle wrote his forgotten tragedy of "Pope Joan," in which he revives the old fable of a female pope, and loads her with all the crimes of which

    The works of John Dryden, $c now first collected in eighteen volumes. $p Volume 07

  • Michael Herbig's tyke adventure "Vicky the Viking" and Soenke Wortmann's medieval drama "Pope Joan," contributed aplenty to the year's box-office takings, which totalled $1.26 billion from Jan. 1 through Dec. 13, according to Nielsen EDI.

  • She managed a faint smile as she watched them playing Pope Joan, but her appearance alarmed him.

    A Hellion in Her Bed

  • None of the stories of Pope Joan, although popularly accepted in the Middle Ages before the dawn of historical criticism, were intended to glamorize women or extol their talents or potential.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • Modern people are as fascinated by the story of Pope Joan as were those in the middle ages and, like their medieval counterparts, do not really care if the story is true.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • In the sixteenth century, Catholic scholars such as Panvinio, Baronius and St. Robert Bellarmine denied the historical authenticity of the story of Pope Joan, which was then being used by the Protestant reformers as an example that the Catholic Church was capable of error.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • As Catholics, we have nothing to fear from historical accuracy; neither do women have to masquerade as men in order to be “real” women, which is the gist of the contemporary fascination with Pope Joan.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • The first modern novel about Pope Joan was written by Greek author Emmanouel Rhoides in 1954 and translated into English by Lawrence Durrell.

    The Legend of Pope Joan, Part 2


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