Joan of Kent

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Joan of Kent,

1328–85, English noblewoman; daughter of Edmund of Woodstock, earl of Kent, youngest son of Edward I. She early gained wide note for her beauty and charm, though the appellation Fair Maid of Kent, by which she became known, was probably not contemporary. Her marriage to the earl of Salisbury was annulled on the grounds of a precontract with Sir Thomas Holland, whom she then married. Upon the death of her brother in 1352 she became countess of Kent in her own right. In 1361, after Holland's death, she married Edward the Black Prince, by whom she had two sons, Edward (1365–70) and Richard (later Richard II). In 1378 she was instrumental in halting proceedings against John WyclifWyclif, Wycliffe, Wickliffe, or Wiclif, John
, c.1328–1384, English religious reformer. A Yorkshireman by birth, Wyclif studied and taught theology and philosophy at Oxford.
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, though there is insufficient evidence to determine if she accepted his doctrines. As long as she lived, she was probably the principal influence on her son Richard II.
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Another daughter Elen ferch Llewelyn was the grandmother of Joan, the Fair Maid of Kent, who married into the Hollands.
Andrew Hope explores the connections between the two very different religious worlds of martyrs Elizabeth Barton and Joan Bocher, arguing that Joan Bocher not only had the model of The Maid of Kent in front of her, but was specifically reacting against the martyrdom of a family member for speaking out against Henry VIII by becoming "the Protestant Elizabeth Barton" (50).
Each entry is short and concentrates on a single individual, from Boadicea, Bede and King Alfred to Becket, Edward II and the Fair Maid of Kent.
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