Joan of Kent. Do not the images of her, that can be found widely on the internet, prove it? I loved your multi-faceted depiction of Alice Perrers. It is suggested that Edward's parents did not favour a marriage between their son and their former ward, but this may be ameliorated by the fact that King Edward assisted his son in acquiring all four of the needed dispensations for Edward to marry Joan. Find authors like Joan Kent from the world’s largest community of readers. Which she did. I have really enjoyed them. In 1340, at the age of twelve, Joan secretly married 26-year-old Thomas Holland of Upholland, Lancashire, without first gaining the royal consent necessary for couples of their rank. I love reading Historical Fiction, anything Medieval. Even her enemies had to admit it. In order to submit a comment to this post, please write this code along with your comment: 279525e7b854b5485cfd3f159f924982, Sign up to get the latest new about Anne's upcoming releases, book signings and special offers, '... hot horse to horse, In soite of its limitations, I quite like it. Joan of Kent is straight. By 1371 the Black Prince was no longer able to perform his duties as Prince of Aquitaine because of his poor health; and shortly after burying their elder son the couple returned to England, where the Black Death was wreaking havoc. what I have missed in my reads. Reading about her, Joan comes across as a rather ‘savvy’ woman who knew her own mind, yet her position and role playing it well. She was a survivor. I can feel it! According to Froissart, Joan spent much of her childhood in the household of Philippa of Hainault. Also beautiful is a word that can be used to describe inner and outer beauty. Your email address will not be published. Recommendations: The face should be clearly visible, it’s better to use frontal photos. There should be only one person in the photo. For example, in 1381 on her return to London (via her Wickhambreaux estate in Kent) from a pilgrimage to Thomas Becket's shrine at Canterbury Cathedral, she found her way barred by Wat Tyler and his mob of rebels on Blackheath; however, she was not only let through unharmed, but was saluted with kisses and provided with an escort for the rest of her journey. Please keep on writing and giving us more books. Joan, 'Fair Maid of Kent' (29 September 1328 - 7 August 1385) Joan Plantagenet, known to history as The Fair Maid of Kent was born on 29 September, 1328. Countess of Kent (1352-1385) Princess of Wales Born 1328 Died 1385. I’d like to imagine her like that. Thank you for the chance!! In the light of her story, it’s very possibly ironic, since, as we shall see, she wasn’t a maid for very long. In 1349, the proceedings ruled in Holland's favor. [2] Joan inherited the titles 4th Countess of Kent and 5th Baroness Wake of Liddell after the death of her brother John, 3rd Earl of Kent, in 1352. I think since Black Prince married so late in life, maybe people didn’t understand his choice. Edmund was executed in 1330 after Edward II was deposed; and Edmund's widow and four children (including Joan, who was only two years old at the time) were placed under house arrest in Arundel Castle in Sussex, which had been granted to Edmund in 1326 by his half-brother the king following the execution of the rebel Edmund FitzAlan, 9th Earl of Arundel. 4. It’s clear I am going to need another bookshelf before long! The plague had already broken out in Bordeaux by the time Joan arrived, but the company did not appear to be too alarmed, but soon members of the entourage fell ill. Joan was probably moved to a smaller village, but she too fell ill. Best wishes from Canary Islands. It was a quick death, taking place on 1 July 1348. Some thoughts: was Joan, Fair Maid of Kent, a beautiful woman? IHIV #ShakespeareSunday @HollowCrownFans https://t.co/D5zqcatNY8, "Anne O'Brien's novels give a voice to the 'silent' women of history. The novel is presented as a translation by "Jean Francois Alden" of memoirs by Louis de Conte, a fictionalized version of Joan of Arc's page Louis de Contes. She was probably quite graceful, discreet, polite etc that added to her charm. There is no evidence of truth here. The "fair maid of Kent" appellation does not appear to be contemporary. I have admit that yes I do also read e books : ). On it the world was represented [the image of God holding the world] and two angels at the sides. So what do we have, to point us in the right direction? Even worse, many of these picture of Joan give no indication of their origins, so that any net-surfer might well believe that they are accurate. Many thanks for letting me know. King Richard then relented and pardoned Holland, who was sent on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. I would however love to read your novel and your views on a controversial life. Quick trip to 2017 and we see women with multi coloured hair, numerous piercings, heavy cosmetic use and features which have been enhanced by plastic surgery. Joan Crawford’s daughter says her “Mommie Dearest” should have been tossed in the slammer. I believe Joan was a great beauty of her time and the last image is the one I like most. In January 1382, Richard II married Anne of Bohemia, daughter of Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia. I agree that we will never know for sure exactly what Joan looked like but it is safe to say that she was indeed a beauty, something that has been noted in the centuries since she lived. Hi Geoff, Another boss in the north nave aisle is also said to show her face. In his absence in Prussia, she soon contracted a second marriage with the earl of Salisbury; this was annulled nine years later, in 1349. Her husband Holland was created Earl of Kent in right of his wife in 1360. I love your books and others from that period of time. When Holland returned from the French campaigns in about 1348, his marriage to Joan was revealed. 1. The appellation "Fair Maid of Kent… I find them sentimentally affected. Looking forward to reading your new book. A further complicating matter was the fact that Edward was godfather to Joan's son by Thomas Holland. Saint Joan of Arc was about 5 feet 2–3 inches tall, was athletic, had dark brown hair and a somewhat short neck. Joan, Lady of Wales and Lady of Snowdon, also known by her Welsh name of Siwan, (c. 1191–1192 – February 1237) was the illegitimate daughter of King John of England, and was the wife of Llywelyn the Great, Prince of Wales and Gwynedd, effective ruler of most of Wales. Thank you for writing about these incredible women! Although the French chronicler Jean Froissart called her "the most beautiful woman in all the realm of England, and the most loving", the appellation "Fair Maid of Kent" does not appear to be contemporary. As many people have noted, what we consider to be beautiful today is very different to that which was considered beautiful at different points in history. I have read and enjoyed many of your books and thank you most sincerely for encouraging my love of medieval history. You do make your characters come alive in telling their stories. [citation needed]. [citation needed], Joan was buried beside her first husband, as requested in her will, at the Greyfriars[9] in Stamford, Lincolnshire. Joan and Sir Thomas Holland had 5 children together; 3 sons and 2 daughters. Holland was appointed captain of Calais castle when Joan was pregnant with their second son, John. The following winter (1340 or 1341), while Holland was overseas, Joan's family arranged for her to marry William Montagu, son and heir of William Montagu, 1st Earl of Salisbury. I have got all of Anne’s books and they are always my first go to books when reading it’s like I’m there in the book with the characters. I’ve recently been introduced to your books, I have read two and enjoyed them so much. Then, in 1997, when the show's ratings began to stumble, Joan announced her departure. Edmund was the sixth son of King Edward I of England by his second wife, Margaret of France, daughter of King Philip III of France. Still it’s good to know that some who knew her thought that she was beautiful. I am a few pages into “The King’s Sister,” which is going to be as divine as the first novel of yours I’ve read. Musician Alicia Keys and her porn doppleganger Anneta Keys. Take this one for example. Thank you so much for allowing us all, to travel trough time. It is hard to tell by the photos, but I think she is beautiful in all of them. It is said that in these final years Joan was ill and increasingly obese so that she could travel rarely. Joan was a daughter of Edmund, earl of Kent (d. 1330), and succeeded as countess in 1353. Absolutely adore your books and this period of turbulent history. [10], For the 16th century Anabaptist known as Joan of Kent, see, sfn error: no target: CITEREFStampSalisburyAtkinsonO'Reilly (. It is all guess work, made to look historic. A 20th century rendition of what Joan may have looked like. Joan of Arc inspired the ever-popular bob haircut, which originated in Paris in 1909. As an ardent history enthusiast, I would love to win a copy of your wonderful novel. Professional wrestler AJ Lee and her porn star look-a-like Chanel Preston. It’s time to change that. Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, by the Sieur Louis de Conte is an 1896 novel by Mark Twain which recounts the life of Joan of Arc.It is Twain's last completed novel, published when he was 61 years old. Really enjoy your almost daily comments on Facebook. It is certainly not a 14th century image. Always sad to finish. Her father, Edmund of Woodstock, earl of Kent, was executed for treason in 1330. Matters moved fast and Joan was officially married to the Prince barely nine months after Holland's death, the official ceremony occurring on 10 October 1361 at Windsor Castle, with the King and Queen in attendance. It must be incredibly frustrating for you as an author to not know what Joan looked like. 1. In the meantime, the Princess was forced to raise another army as her husband's enemies were threatening Aquitaine in his absence. It comes purely from the artist’s colourful imagination. But it was not just her about her features, it was also about how she carried herself in the face of scandal. It can be disappointing. When the last of Joan's siblings died in 1352, the lands and titles of her parents devolved upon her, and she became the 4th Countess of Kent and 5th Baroness Wake of Liddell. The portrait with which we are all familiar is nothing like the one in the ring her daughter wore. … the final days of a determined and ambitious woman. Your library will be my first choice. Edmund had supported his older half-brother, Edward II, against Edward's Queen, Isabella of France, and Roger Mortimer. Joan of Kent’s ex-husband was still alive when Edward began to court her. Her helmet was more like our modern day army helmet than the one shown in this picture. I have all of Anne’s books and adore them! I just finished “The King’s Concubine”, which had me enthralled me from the beginning. Joan of Kent: not content with one scandalous marriage …, The Queen’s Rival and the Wheel of Fortune, Writing about Cecily Neville, Duchess of York, King’s Mother, Celebrating a New Paperback Publication: A Tapestry of Treason. Maybe if the good lord believes in reincarnation and sends me back to get it right. But we must remember that Froissart was appointed as her secretary by Philippa of Hainault who was responsible for Joan’s early upbringing at the English court, while Chandos Herald was a close friend of Prince Edward, so neither of them would perhaps be prepared to be too critical of Joan’s appearance. Princess Joan of Kent, suo jure 4th Countess of Kent and 5th Baroness Wake of Liddell, later the first Princess of Wales, as wife to Edward, the Black Prince, son and heir of King Edward III.Joan was the daughter of Prince Edmund of Woodstock, 1st Earl of Kent (5 August 1301-19 March 1330) and his wife Hon. Such an interesting article ! Thank you Prof. Anne I have just found your site , taken a while as I am 87 yrs and have a fascination for all Medieval History, just wish I had time in my youth to have had the time to read all of it. The Lollards, religious reformers led by John Wyclif, had enjoyed Joan's support, but the violent climax of the popular movement for reform reduced the feisty Joan to a state of terror, while leaving the King with an improved reputation. Very interesting. While considerably under age, she secretly married Thomas Holand. Fortunately, the third wheel passed away by Christmas 1360, after which Edward wasted little time in pressuring his dad to let him and Joan … The latter’s usual portrait doesn’t exactly show the handsome, charismatic god, does it? She must have been a strong willed character and full of charm to enable her to attract The Black Prince. Keep writing and keeping us all happy with your wonderful books Scroll down and check out her short and medium hairstyles. Thanks for being a writer and thanks for a chance to win !! It is less than flattering of her in later life. Pick me please ! Not sure when this was moved or by whom, but it was a bad call in my opinion. A magnificent image of The Tree of Affinity. The voices that commanded the teenage Joan to don men’s … She also enjoyed a certain prestige and dignity among the people as an elderly, royal dowager. The first earl of Kent by this creation was the husband of Joan of Kent of the fifth creation. I’d love to win a copy of The Shadow Queen to go with my copy of Forbidden Queen— but I’m being greedy. Earls of Kent, sixth creation (1360) The earls of Kent of this creation used Baron Holand (1353) as a subsidiary title; it became abeyant 1408. In later times we have more contemporary accounts and some illustrations of the more well off members of society. However I have read a couple of your books and have found this blog interesting… Is it possible that Joan of kent was found to be fair in those times? I have read a couple of books on Joan of Kent and I do believe she was very beautiful. He took on the responsibility for the family and looked after them well. No need to register, buy now! By the time we reach the Tudor period we are blessed with useful portraits of all the royals so that the characters are immediately recognisable. And this one, far more flattering, in the north nave aisle of Canterbury Cathedral, possibly of Joan. After the death of her father the family were well looked after by Queen Philippa at court. Sir Thomas Holland, therefore, became Earl of Kent by right of his wife. Although little is written or known about Joan herself, her life can be inferred from what the men closest to her wrote or are recorded as doing. Early in his reign, the young King faced the challenge of the Peasants' Revolt. Quickly go through the recovery phase to return to an active life. I have been a huge fan of Anne O’Brien for many years now and have all her books and I cannot wait for this latest one on Joan of Kent! Hi Anne, I would love to read about Joan of Kent , especially in a book that you have written. She was more than a pretty face as she was an extraordinary woman who is still talked about nearly 700 years after her death ! At about the time of the birth of their younger son, the future King Richard II, the Black Prince was lured into a battle on behalf of King Peter of Castile and achieved one of his greatest victories; however, King Peter was later killed and there was no money to pay the troops. Upload a photo. Joan's son Prince Richard was next in line to succeed his grandfather. Meet and ne'er part til one drop down a corse.' I would love to win of your book. As Jeanne arrived in Chinon, Philip … Joan was born on the 29th September 1328, the daughter of Edmund of Woodstock, Earl of Kent, the youngest son of Edward I and Margaret Wake.Her father having been executed for treason in 1330, she was initially imprisoned at Salisbury Castle but was later largely raised at court by the queen Philippa of Hainault. Joan Miro, Catalan painter who combined abstract art with Surrealist fantasy. The French chronicler Jean Froissart called her "the most beautiful woman in all the realm of England, and the most loving." I have all your books but I still haven’t read this one as I alwsyslike to have one of your books to look forward to. Joan must have been an extremely attractive woman to make her younger cousin, the heir apparent of the English throne, to marry her. Tell us "why you have a crush on her" Refresh this page to see the "Crushers" increase after you "Like" or vote. But still we have no real description of Joan, of her figure, her face, or even the colour of her hair. All best, Anne, Your email address will not be published. I can find no real authority to say that it is Joan, merely labels stating that it is, without any evidence of where it originated. I read Virgin’s Widow and I really enjoyed it. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if royal permission were given to open their tombs, take photos of their skulls and use computer imagery to produce a definitive picture? This is contemporary image of the lady. Required fields are marked *. Thank you so much, Hello Anne Actress Autumn Reeser and her porn star look-a-like Austin Reines. Joan of Kent was born September 29, 1328 at Woodstock Palace near Oxford in Oxfordshire, England. In 1372 the Black Prince forced himself to attempt one final, abortive campaign in the hope of saving his father's French possessions; but the exertion left his health completely shattered. Beauty truly is in the eye if the beholder, the historian, or sometimes, the artist, and unless we speak of contemporaries, we really fon’t know in so many instances. Warmest wishes She would not have left such an impression on so many people of that time. Then one day at a used book shop, I discovered four of your novels! Hit the "Tweet" button at the top ↑ 2. Here is a painting of Joan and Edward III from the early 20th century. Her son Richard is also well known as one of the most handsome monarchs of England , so it is likely he inherited his beauty from Joan. Joan, Countess of Kent (29 September 1326/7[1] – 7 August 1385), known to history as The Fair Maid of Kent, was the mother of King Richard II of England, her son by her third husband, Edward the Black Prince, son and heir apparent of King Edward III. Joan succeeded her brother, John, as Baroness Wake of Liddell and Countess of Kent in December 1352 and was confirmed in her new titles in February 1353. 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