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The Mystery of Julia Episcopa

Beneath the gilded halls of ecclesiastical power, the discovery of an ancient parchment imperils a hierarchy that has stood unchallenged for since the beginning. They won’t go down without a fight.

The Mystery of Julia Episcopa | Book One of The Vatican Chronicles

In the year 70 AD, Pope Clement appointed a Roman noblewoman as one of his bishops. Among the many women leaders – Julia had shown herself to be politically adept and willing to risk everything to advance the cause of this new religious sect. Shortly after her death, she was erased from history.

Nearly 2,000 years later, two young female scholars are commissioned by the Vatican to definitively put to rest the notion of female headship within the Holy Catholic Church. They uncover a clue that leads them directly to Julia Episcopa. Working in secret, they uncover a scandal that threatens the very foundation of the Church…