Goodman, Anthony, Joan, the Fair Maid of Kent
: A Fourteenth-Century Princess and Her World, Woodbridge, Boydell Press, 2017; hardback; pp.
Another daughter Elen ferch Llewelyn was the grandmother of Joan, the Fair Maid of Kent
, who married into the Hollands.
This one looks at the history of the two communities associated with the manuscript, Syon and Amesbury priory, and at related early sixteenth-century religious history in England, including the Holy Maid of Kent
and developments in eucharistic doctrine.
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).
In this light, Shagan examines three different examples of resistance to royal supremacy--Romanism as supported in the work of Reginald Pole, visionary authority as embodied in the pronouncements of the Holy Maid of Kent
, and popular uprising as evidenced in the Pilgrimage of Grace--arguing that the failure of these opposition movements (failure underwritten by the fact that the government executed those it accounted traitors) left English Catholics bereft of conservative leadership and, seemingly, saddled with the obligation to be loyal, obedient, and conformable.
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
. The text is not uncritical and myths are exploded when required.
Kineton's Sophie Brocklebank, 16, finished fifth on Maid of Kent
and Kenilworth youngster Melissa O'Kane jumped a double clear on Quincy.
Shagan looks in the first part of his text at the break with Rome, the Maid of Kent
and the Pilgrimage of Grace.
Sig nificantly, in choosing a saint whose own reputation he must transform, Bale skips over a number of saints and holy women who provide ready-made patterns of feistiness, including not only such medieval saints as Christine and Catherine of Alexandria, who were known for their rhetorical skills, but also the more recent example of Elizabeth Barton (the "holy maid of Kent
") whom he briefly mentions (7).