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 Joan of Navarre

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Joan of Navarre

  • Birth 1370 Pamplona, Provincia de Navarra, Navarra, Spain
  • Death 9 Jul 1437 Havering-atte-Bower, London Borough of Havering, Greater London, England
  • Burial Canterbury, City of Canterbury, Kent, England
  • Memorial ID 8081845

French, English royalty; queen consort of King Henry IV. Also known as Joanna, she was the daughter of Charles II (Charles the Bad), King of Navarre and his wife Princess Joan, daughter of King John II of France. She married John V, Duke of Brittany, on October 2, 1386. They had nine children, seven of whom survived childhood. The Duke died in 1399, and Joan served as regent for her son John VI until 1401, when a marriage was arranged between her and Henry IV, King of England. They were married by proxy in April of 1402, and in person on February 7, 1403. They had no children, but Joan got along very well with Henry's five children (by his first marriage to Mary de Bohun). She was not, however, popular with the English people. Joan was falsely accused of witchcraft, necromancy, and attempting to poison her husband. Her situation was worsened by the fact that her son, the Duke of Brittany, was a political enemy of England. As a result she was imprisoned for four years at Pevensey Castle in Sussex. She lived quietly afterwards, into the reign of Henry's son, Henry V. She died at Havering-atte-Bower, Essex, aged about 70 years. She was laid to rest beside her husband.

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