A present for a papist: or, The history of the life of pope Joan [taken mainly from A. Cooke's Pope Joane].

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Page 14 - Sf postea a serra compressa, doloribus circumcenta, mortua est, Which, in English, is thus: John the Eighth, the one hundred and fifth Pope from St. Peter, sat two years, one month, and four days. They report of this person, that he got the papacy by evil means, because he feigned himself to be a man, whereas, in truth, he was a woman ; who, being afterwards begot with child by one of her servants, fell in travel and died thereon ; and this is not disproving of it, is it trow you ? Pap, No verily,...
Page 21 - Turcicis, lib. vi. p. ys. service, she was delivered of a child in the sight of all the people. Wherefore, lest hereafter they should be deceived in like sort, they make trial of his manhood by touching, and he that toucheth proclaimeth, We have a man to our Pope. Pap. I confess, these words are in Chalcocondylas, translated into Latin. But, I say with ' Baronius, that, though it be in the Latin, yet that was by Clauserus the translator's bad dealing, who foisted it in. It was not written in the...
Page 62 - Pap. 1 know not what to reply to this. But learneder catholicks •will answer you, I hope. And, in the mean time, I will go on : * By the reporters of this story she was carried first to Athens. Now there •was no Athens standing at that time.
Page 58 - For, speaking of John the woman, in those ancient editions, he sets no numeral note upon her head, but begins his story thus : 'Johannes Anglicus, ex Moguntiaco oriundus, &c.
Page 83 - all histories are against it. But suppose he was John the Ninth, if his loose carriage of himself with Theodora gave occasion of the report of a woman-pope, Why was it not recorded, as happening in his time, but above forty years before his time? John the Ninth was made Pope in the year 901, yet this story is recorded as happening about the year 854. Pap. " That came to pass by the subtlety of the reporters ; for, about the year 800, the Empress, who, in a manner, ruled all the world, was called...
Page 55 - Florimondus accounts this as one of the absurdities which follow on this tale : ' Imo, ut aiunt,' 1 saith he, ' masculum pepererat, quid igitur mortem repentinam attulit...
Page 43 - ... lived within four hundred years of Pope Joan, to produce for proof, Will you, in that respect, deny the story ; do not you papists commend unto us may stories, as true, for which you can bring us no proof out of any writer who lived within four hundred years after...
Page 40 - Optatus mention him not among the popes, in their memorial of popes. Nor yet Bristow, in his table of popes, which is printed with his wise demands. In like manner, that one Cyriacus was pope, it is acknowledged by • divers. Yet it is rare to find him in any catalogue of popes. For, as a 10 great papist writeth, ' Iste Cyriacus in catalogo paparum non annumeratur, quia credebant ipsum non propter devotionem, sed propter oblectamentum virginum dimisisse episcopatum.
Page 29 - Which, however it may go for proof among princes, yet is no proof among scholars. And for my part, without proof, I believe nothing, whosoever he be that speaks it, especially if he be a Papist. For as...
Page 53 - Nam non paucae 8. mense pepererunt etiam in itinere, nihil praescientes ;' that is, A woman knows she shall be delivered, but the time she knows not ; for divers have been delivered in their eighth month, as they have been in their journies, never dreaming of any such thing. What is your next exception ? Pap. ' They say she was buried without any solemnities in the world. And how is that credible, seeing it is a barbarous and savage part, to deprive them of the order of solemn burial, which have...

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