Joan’s Blog

Daddy’s Girl

The eldest daughter of Edward III and Philippa of Hainault was born at the royal palace of Woodstock on June 16th 1332. She was named Isabella after her paternal grandmother, Isabella of France. Isabella was the second of her parents’ many children and a first half-cousin once removed of Joan, the Fair Maid of Kent. […]

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Husband Number Two

William Montagu (Montacute or Montague or Monteacuto) was the second husband of Joan of Kent. The pair were married around January 1341. He was thirteen, probably a year younger than Joan. William was the son and heir of William Montagu, Earl of Salisbury who was one of the king’s closest friends. Young William’s mother was […]

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The Early Years

Joan would have spent the first two and a half years of her life in the care of nursemaids chosen for her by her mother, Margaret. As well as the nursemaids she would have had the company of her brother, Edmund who was probably the older of the two children. The children’s nursery may well […]

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A Royal Cousin

Once when I was too young to know better, I asked Lady la Mote if the king was my father. ‘Certainly not,’ she said, a flush creeping up from her wrinkly neck to the edges of her soft white veil. ‘He is your royal cousin.’ The flush deepened to cover the whole of her face […]

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Joan’s Blog

Who was the Fair Maid of Kent? Her name was Joan and she was born nearly 700 years ago. Fair?  She was fair in so far as she was “fair of face”. The chronicler Jean Froissart described her as “la plus belle dame de tout la roiaulme d’Engleterre” – the most beautiful woman in all the […]

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