Joan de Valence: A Lady of Substance

  • Linda E. Mitchell
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


In January 1297, Joan of Acre, dowager countess of Gloucester and Hertford and daughter of King Edward I of England, contracted an illicit marriage with her household knight, Ralph de Monthermery. Unfortunately for Joan, her father was finalizing her marriage to Count Amadeus of Savoy, an alliance that would have cemented the already-close political connections between the Plantagenets of England and their cousins of Savoy. According to Laura Valentine’s 1891 travelogue Picturesque England: Its Landmarks and Historic Haunts as Described in Lay and Legend, Song and Story:

Joanna was in an agony of distress and perplexity when she heard that her father was arranging a marriage treaty for her; she could not marry; she was already a wedded wife, and yet she trembled at the thought of the mighty Plantagenet’s wrath. In her great distress she resolved to go to the Countess of Pembroke for counsel, and ordering her servants to send her little son, Earl Gilbert, to her there, she started for Goodrich Castle. There she received a loving welcome and tenderest sympathy, but the highminded widow of William de Valence abhorred all deceit or concealment, and persuaded Joanna to confess the whole truth at once to her father.1


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