Joan Plantagenet Countess of Kent,"Fair Maid of Kent",Baroness Wake 786,787
- Born: 29 Sep 1328, Woodstock Palace, Oxfordshire, England 775,786,787,788
- Marriage (1): Prince Edward of Wales (Plantagenet) "The Black Prince" on 10 Oct 1361 784
- Marriage (2): Sir Thomas de Holland Knight of the Garter, First Earl Kent before 1339 786
- Died: 7 Aug 1385, Wallingford Castle, Berkshire, England at age 56 775,786,787,788
- Buried: Stamford, Lincolnshire, England 788
Noted events in her life were:
• Marriages. 788 In 1340, at the age of twelve, Joan secretly married Thomas Holland of Upholland, Lancashire, without first gaining the royal consent necessary for couples of their rank. The following winter (1340 or 1341), while Holland was overseas, her family forced her to marry William Montacute , son and heir of the first Earl of Salisbury . Joan later averred that she did not disclose her existing marriage with Thomas Holland because she had been afraid that disclosing it would lead to Thomas's execution for treason upon his return. She may also have become convinced that the earlier marriage was invalid.
Several years later, Thomas Holland returned from the Crusades , having made his fortune and the full story of his relationship with Joan came out. He appealed to the Pope for the return of his wife and confessed the secret marriage to the king. When the Earl of Salisbury discovered that Joan supported Holland's case, he kept her a prisoner in her own home. In 1349, Pope Clement VI annulled Joan's marriage to the Earl and sent her back to Thomas Holland, with whom she lived for the next eleven years. Holland died in 1360.
After Holland's death, Edward, the Black Prince (who was Joan's first cousin once removed) favored Joan. Edward's parents did not, however, favour a marriage between their son and their former ward. Queen Philippa had made a favourite of Joan at first, but both she and the king seem to have been concerned about Joan's reputation. Edward and Joan were within the prohibited degrees of consanguinity . The secret marriage they allegedly contracted in 1360 would have been invalid because of the consanguinity prohibition. At the King's request, the Pope granted a dispensation allowing the two to be legally married. The official ceremony occurred on 10 October 1361, at Windsor Castle with the King and Queen in attendance. The Archbishop of Canterbury presided.
Joan married Prince Edward of Wales (Plantagenet) "The Black Prince", son of King Edward III of England and Philippa of Hainault, on 10 Oct 1361.784 (Prince Edward of Wales (Plantagenet) "The Black Prince" was born in 1330 738 and died on 8 Jun 1376 738,785.)
Joan next married Sir Thomas de Holland Knight of the Garter, First Earl Kent, son of Sir Robert III de Holland Knight, Lord Holland of Upholland and Lady Maude la Zouche Baroness of Holland, before 1339.786 (Sir Thomas de Holland Knight of the Garter, First Earl Kent was born in 1314 in Broughton, Buckinghamshire, England 786 and died on 26 Dec 1360 in Rouen, Seine-Maritime, Normandy, France 786,798.)