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Agnes is one of the alternate names given to {{w|Pope Joan}}. She was a legendary Medieval woman who, according to the 13th century manuscript ''Chronica Universalis Mettensis'', reigned as pope for a short period until she collapsed while pregnant and her deception was exposed. While references to a female pope go back to the 12th century, modern historians consider Pope Joan to be a fictional creation meant to discredit the church.
 
Agnes is one of the alternate names given to {{w|Pope Joan}}. She was a legendary Medieval woman who, according to the 13th century manuscript ''Chronica Universalis Mettensis'', reigned as pope for a short period until she collapsed while pregnant and her deception was exposed. While references to a female pope go back to the 12th century, modern historians consider Pope Joan to be a fictional creation meant to discredit the church.
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She might also be based on {{W|Agnes of Rome}}, a virgin martyr, venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church, the Anglican Communion, and Lutheranism. According to tradition, Agnes was a member of the Roman nobility, born in AD 291 and raised in an early Christian family. She suffered martyrdom at the age of twelve or thirteen during the reign of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, on 21 January 304. A beautiful young girl, Agnes had many suitors of high rank, and the young men, slighted by her resolute devotion to religious purity, submitted her name to the authorities as a follower of Christianity.
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She was condemned to be dragged naked through the streets to a brothel. In one account, as she prayed, her hair grew and covered her body. It was also said that all of the men that attempted to rape her were immediately struck blind. She was led out and bound to a stake, but the bundle of wood would not burn, or the flames parted away from her, whereupon the officer in charge of the troops drew his sword and beheaded her, or, in some other texts, stabbed her in the throat. It is also said that her blood poured to the stadium floor where other Christians soaked it up with cloths.
   
 
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