E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Said to have succeeded Leo IV. Gibbon says, Two Protestants, Blondel and Bayle, annihilated her; but Mosheim seems half-inclined to believe there was such a person. The vulgar tale is that Joan conceived a violent passion for the monk Folda, and in order to get admission to him assumed the monastic habit. Being clever and popular, she got to be elected pope.