Pope Joan (Ioannes Anglicus; 855–857).
According to papal laws, females are not allowed to be popes, but one female was able to disguise herself and become pope.
In the year 855 Joan a female in Rome disguised herself as a man and enrolled into a school for bishops. She used her wits to rise through the ranks and become a prominent liturgical leader without getting noticed.
Joan later rose higher through the ranks and became a pope, while still disguised. Her downfall came when she gave birth during a mass procession. She was killed as it was the nature of the Roman Catholic at that time. Her son is rumored to have grown and become a priest later in life.
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