Joan Navarre
Queen regent of Navarre
Joan Navarre
Joan I (14 January 1273 – 31 March/2 April 1305), the daughter of king Henry I of Navarre and Blanche of Artois, reigned as queen regnant of Navarre and also served as queen consort of France.
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  • 1305
    Age 32
    Queen Joan founded the famous College of Navarre in Paris in 1305.
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  • 1297
    Age 24
    In 1297, she raised and led an army against the Count of Bar when he rebelled against her by invading Champagne.
    More Details Hide Details This was explicitly in the absence of her spouse, and she personally brought the count to prison before she joined her spouse. She also personally acted in her process against Bishop Guichard of Troyes, whom she accused of having stolen funds from Champagne and her mother by fraud.
  • 1284
    Age 11
    Queen Joan I of Navarre and countess of Champagne and Brie was declared to be of legal majority upon her marriage in 1284, and such did homage to her father-in-law in Paris as his vassal.
    More Details Hide Details Joan never visited the Kingdom of Navarre, which was ruled in her name by French governors appointed first by her father-in-law and then by her spouse in her name. The french governors were extremely unpopular in Navarre and her absence from the country was resented: however, it was the French who were blamed for her absence rather than her, and the loyalty to her right to rule was not questioned; rather, it was empathized in Navarre that it was in fact she rather than the French who was their sovereign. From afar, edicts were issued in her name, coins struck in her image, and she gave her protection to chapels and convents. She never cam closer to Navarre than to Carcasonne in 1300, and her spouse was somewhat blamed for this. Joan was much more directly active as countess of Champagne. While being a county rather than a kingdom, Champagne was much richer and more strategically important. Philip IV appointed her administrators, however, Joan visited Champagne regularly and are recorded to have participated in all duties of a ruling vassal and is not regarded to have been passive but an active independent ruler in this domain.
    At the age of 11 and a half (based on the date of birth above), Joan married the future Philip IV of France on 16 August 1284, becoming queen consort of France in 1285 a year later.
    More Details Hide Details Their three surviving sons would all rule as kings of France, in turn, and their only surviving daughter, Isabella became queen consort of England. Joan was described as having been a plump and plain, whereas her beautiful daughter Isabella resembled her father more in physical appearance. As regards her character, Joan was bold, courageous, and enterprising. Joan was described as a success in her role of Queen of France: she secured the succession, she was an efficient mistress of the royal court, a dignified first lady and a very good relationship with the King. Having grown up together, the couple was evidently close to each other and Philip is reported to have loved and respected her deeply. His emotional dependence of her is suggested as a reason to why she never visited Navarre. In 1294, Philip appointed her regent of France should his son succeed him being still a minor. However, he is not believed to have entrusted her with influence over the affairs of France, unless they concerned her own domains Navarre and Champagne.
  • 1274
    Age 1
    Her mother arrived in France in 1274, and by the treaty of Orleans in 1275, she betrothed Joan to the King's son and heir apparent Philip.
    More Details Hide Details She therefore placed her daughter and the government of Navarre under the protection of the King of France. After this, Joan was brought up with Philip. It is, in fact, uncertain whether she was ever present in Navarre at all during her childhood.
  • 1273
    Age 0
    Born on January 14, 1273.
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