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PLANTAGENET Joan, Of Acre

Female 1272 - 1307  (~ 35 years)Deceased


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  • Name  PLANTAGENET Joan, Of Acre  [1
    Suffix  Of Acre 
    Born  Apr 1272  Akko, , Hazafon, Israel Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Joan was born in Syria while her parents were there on crusade.
    Gender  Female 
    Died  23 Apr 1307  Clare Castle, Clare, , Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Age  ~ 35 years 
    Person ID  I10256  One Big Family Tree
    Last Modified  3 Jul 2011 

    Father  PLANTAGENET Edward "Longshanks", I, King Of England,   b. Abt 17 Jun 1239, Westminster, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jul 1307, Burgh By Sands, , Cumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: ~ 68 years 
    Mother  Eleanor, Of Castile,   b. Abt 1244, Burgos, , Castilla Y Le‚on, Spain Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Nov 1290, Herdeby, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: ~ 46 years 
    Married  1 Nov 1254 
    Family ID  F2976  Group Sheet

    Family 1  DE CLARE Gilbert, Earl Of Gloucester And Hertford,   d. 7 Dec 1295 
    Married  30 Apr 1290  Westminster Abbey, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. DE CLARE Gilbert, 7th Earl Of Hertford,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. DE CLARE Eleanor,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. DE CLARE Margaret,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. DE CLARE Elizabeth,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified  3 Jul 2011 
    Family ID  F5190  Group Sheet

    Family 2  DE MONTHERMER Ralph, 1st Baron Monthermer,   b. Abt 1270,   d. 5 Apr 1325  Age: ~ 55 years 
    Married  Jan 1297 
    • Joan had been a widow for only a little over a year when she caught the eye of Ralph de Monthermer, a squire in Joan's father's household. Joan fell in love and convinced her father to have Monthermer knighted. It was unheard of in European royalty for a noble lady to even converse with a man who had not won or acquired importance in the household. However, in January 1297 Joan secretly married Ralph de Monthermer, 1st Baron Monthermer. Joan's father was already planning another marriage for Joan to Amadeus V, Count of Savoy, to occur 16 March 1297. Joan was in a dangerous predicament, as she was already married, unbeknownst to her father.

      Joan sent her four young children to their grandfather, in hopes that their sweetness would win Edward's favor, but her plan did not work. The king soon discovered his daughter's intentions, but not yet aware that she had already committed to them, he seized Joan's lands and continued to arrange her marriage to Amadeus of Savoy. Soon after the seizure of her lands, Joan told her father of that she had married Monthermer. The king was enraged and retaliated by immediately imprisoning Monthermer at Bristol Castle. The people of the land had differing opinions on the princess' matter. It has been argued that the ones who were most upset were those who wanted Joan's hand in marriage.

      With regard to the matter, Joan famously said, "It is not considered ignominious, nor disgraceful for a great earl to take a poor and mean woman to wife; neither, on the other hand, is it worthy of blame, or too difficult a thing for a countess to promote to honor a gallant youth." Joan's statement in addition to a possibly obvious pregnancy seemed to soften Edward's attitude towards the situation. Joan's first child by Monthermer was born in October 1297; by the summer of 1297, when the marriage was revealed to Edward I, Joan's condition would certainly have been apparent, and would have convinced Edward that he had no choice but to recognize his daughter's marriage. Edward I eventually relented for the sake of his daughter and released Monthermer from prison in August 1297. Monthermer paid homage 2 August, and being granted the titles of Earl of Gloucester and Earl of Herford, he rose to favor with the King during Joan's lifetime.
    Last Modified  3 Jul 2011 
    Family ID  F5189  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Apr 1272 - Akko, , Hazafon, Israel Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 30 Apr 1290 - Westminster Abbey, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Apr 1307 - Clare Castle, Clare, , Suffolk, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S168] Of Sceptred Race, Annah Robinson Watson, (Memphis, Tennessee: Early Printing and Publishing Company, 1910.), p. 142. (Reliability: 3), 27 Mar 2011.