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    Penny Lawne(Author)

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Immortalised by the chronicler Froissart as the most beautiful woman in England and the most loved, Joan was the wife of the Black Prince and the mother of Richard II, the first Princess of Wales and the only woman ever to be Princess of Aquitaine. The contemporary consensus was that she admirably fulfilled their expectations for a royal consort and king’s mother. Who was this ‘perfect princess’? In this first major biography, Joan’s background and career are examined to reveal a remarkable story. Brought up at court following her father’s shocking execution, Joan defied convention by marrying secretly aged just twelve, and refused to deny her first love despite coercion, imprisonment and a forced bigamous marriage. Wooed by the Black Prince when she was widowed, theirs was a love match, yet the questionable legality of their marriage threatened their son’s succession to the throne. Intelligent and independent, Joan constructed her role as Princess of Wales. Deliberately self-effacing, she created and managed her reputation, using her considerable intercessory skills to protect and support Richard. A loyal wife and devoted mother, Joan was much more than just a famous beauty.

This detailed portrait paints a picture of an admirable woman of considerable depth * The Good Book Guide * In this first major biography, Joan's background and career are examined to reveal a remarkable story. * Kent Family History Journal * Penny Lawne has studied History at Sheffield, the Open University and Royal Holloway. She qualified as a solicitor in 1983, working in private practice, teaching and tutoring until retirement in 2002. She gained her doctorate in History in 2007. She is married with two sons and lives in Tunbridge Wells in Kent.

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  • PDF | 336 pages
  • Penny Lawne(Author)
  • Amberley Publishing; Reprint edition (February 15, 2016)
  • English
  • 4
  • Biographies & Memoirs

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  • By deborah on March 22, 2015

    While this is a non-fiction book it is an easy and thoroughly enjoyable read. It is rare that I find books that fit my preference in reading so perfectly. One of my great passions is history but I often find history books dry and thus very difficult to read which is why my favorite genre is historical fiction. Although I find history texts boring I am not a fan of fantastical romance novels. This book is neither dry and boring or an unbelievable fantasy. It is highly entertaining and educational at the same time.

  • By APeper on February 21, 2018

    I found myself really enjoying this biography of Joan of Kent. Admittedly, I knew very little about her going into this biography so I can't speak to whether all the dates or locations are correct. However, I do feel as though I learned a great deal about Joan. I wish that I could find more biographies about her so that I could learn more but from what I can tell this is it. As with most women of this time, very little record has been left about them so the author is left to make educated guesses to help tie it all together and I believe Ms. Lawne has done a great job doing so. Ms. Lawne doesn't just succumb to repeating the gossip about Joan but rather digs deeper to undercover what really happened. Joan was a fascinating woman married to a fascinating and complex Prince. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more about the Black Prince and about Joan of Kent.

  • By jotitdown on July 29, 2016

    Well researched and well written. However, the real character of Joan is hard to determine because of lack of solid evidence such as letters and documents specific to her. The writer does a good job of surmising the probable actions and issues for Joan and makes some good conjectures as to her personal actions and feelings. Very enlightening as to the era itself and the activities of those around her. Offers good information on key characters of the European arena of the period. All in all a good book and quite interesting.

  • By Patricia Asakawa on September 2, 2015

    This biography is based on very little information. Attitudes and often purported actions are based on supposition and guesses. Gives a broad outline of Joan's life but not much more.

  • By RJay on September 8, 2017

    While there is limited information available about Joan of Kent, Ms. Lawne does an excellent job of piecing information together to provide readers with a good idea about Joan's life. She provides logical explanations for her assumptions and theories and they are documented appropriately. Her approach is objective and unbiased. Her style is easily accessible compared to many historian authors.

  • By TRAM1951 on May 15, 2015

    little is known of that era of the Plantagenets, especially minor members such as Joan of Kent, a descendant of a younger son of Edward I. This book is exemplary in trying to fill in many blanks that other historians have not been able to fulfill. I'm not sure if every detail is correct, who could be? But I highly recommend the book to anyone with a modicum of interest in the minor Plantagenets. They weren't all that minor.

  • By Grandmother of 5 on September 29, 2015

    Little is known of her life. This is more an academic tome as 30% of info is gleaned from financial papers of that time.

  • By S. Sinclair on February 16, 2016

    Not exactly what I was expecting. However it is holding my interest even though is mostly lots of Supposition due to the fact there are hardly any records of Joan of Kent in existence today


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