Sexual Fables

This article accompanies the fable
Women in Trousers


855      Joan becomes Pope and dies three years later.  Maybe.
1021    Approximate date by which The Tale of Genji was written by Murasaki Shikibu
1361    Boccaccio begins writing On Famous Women, which includes Pope Joan
1601    Pope Clement VIII rules that pope Joan never existed
1913    Takarazuka Revue founded near Osaka
1923    Vita Sackville-West’s Challenge goes unpublished
1926    D.H. Lawrence’s The Virgin and the Gipsy
1928    Virginia Woolf’s Orlando: A Biography
1928    Radclyffe Hall publishes The Well of Loneliness and creates a scandal
1928    Arthur Waley’s translation of Blue Trousers, the fourth volume of The Tale of Genji
1936    Vita Sackville-West publishes Saint Joan of Arc
1941    Virginia Woolf commits suicide
1950    Rashomon, by Akira Kurosawa
1962    Vita Sackville-West dies; her husband Harold died 6 years later
1972    Pope Joan film starring Liv Ullman
1972    The Rose of Versailles manga is first released and subsequently serialized
1975    Brother, Dear Brother manga debuts
1979    The Rose of Versailles anime is first shown on Japanese TV
1990    Malcolm Forbes includes Joan in his book Women who Made a Difference
1991    Brother, Dear Brother anime debuts on NHK
1996    Pope Joan; A Novel by Donna Woolfolk Cross
1993    The film Orlando, starring Tilda Swinton and directed by Sally Potter
1998    Disney film Mulan


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