University of York researchers Gary Brannan and Sarah Rees Jones with the 14th century archbishops register that revealed the case of Joan of Leeds. Rees Jones said Joan’s escape from her convent was “extraordinary – like a Monty Python sketch”. Photograph: University of York

‘Like a Monty Python sketch’: 14th century nun Joan of Leeds used dummy to fake her own death, escape convent and pursue ‘carnal lust’, archives reveal

  • The scandal is revealed in a 1318 Latin notation, which tells how the nun and numerous accomplices had her fake body buried after being ‘seduced by indecency’
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University of York researchers Gary Brannan and Sarah Rees Jones with the 14th century archbishops register that revealed the case of Joan of Leeds. Rees Jones said Joan’s escape from her convent was “extraordinary – like a Monty Python sketch”. Photograph: University of York
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