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In the year 814 Anno Domini a daughter is born to a village priest and a saxon heathen: Joan. The child is unusually intelligent and learns to read and write in secret, and against her father’s will. By a chain of coincidences Joan gets the opportunity to attend the monastery school in Dorstadt.

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As a young woman Joan has a difficult position and animosity grows towards her from all sides. Dorstadt is hit by a cruel attack by Norsemen and, as though by miracle, Joan is the sole survivor of the massacre.

Fate leaves her to herself and Joan takes a lonely decision: she leaves Dorstadt, puts her women’s clothes aside, cuts her hair and pretends to be a man from that time on. Joan becomes John Anglicus, who then enters the Fulda monastery as a monk.

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Now begins a hiding game that lasts decades and which makes Joan to a hunted prey. Her fate leads her to Rome, to the centre of power. Rome is dangerous. Enemies are threatening the city; at the papal court powerful opponents are spinning deadly traps. Nevertheless, Joan continues her way and rises to become the Pope’s personal doctor.

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As, however, she suddenly and unexpectedly encounters the only man she has ever loved in Rome, she must decide between love and independence.

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But her most difficult task remains before her: As the Pope dies the Romans elect her as his successor, presenting her with an almost impossible situation. She must keep her secret – no-one must know who she really is.

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