Monday, October 23, 2017

Fact of the Day: Prince Edward and Joan of Kent

Edward, the Black Prince (name derived from the color of his armor) despite being heir apparent of King Edward III, did not have a very traditional marriage. Instead of marrying a foreign princess (to establish a political alliance) he married his cousin Joan of Kent who not only was older (two years) but she was married twice with one husband still alive. The Catholic Church and King Edward III approved the marriage despite the conditions and Joan only produced one child for Prince Edward when she was almost forty. Their son took the throne as Richard II after the death of his grandfather as Prince Edward had died before Edward III.  

9 comments:

Bob Bushell said...

A new one to me.

Pat Hatt said...

Keeping it all in the family

Christine said...

Interesting.

Red said...

You certainly have a keen interest in British royalty history. As always interesting posts.

Jenn said...

Interesting! I like these posts.

Martha said...

Quite unusual!

stephen Hayes said...

The royal bed got quite a workout in days of yore.

Fundy Blue said...

Joan of Kent had quite a history! Thanks for sending me to find out more!

JACKIESUE said...

Joan of Kent was a tad batshit