Joan of Valois, Queen of Navarre

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Joan of Valois
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Queen Joan
Queen consort of Navarre
Tenure 1352-1373
Spouse Charles II of Navarre
among others...
Charles III of Navarre
Joanna, Queen of England
House House of Valois
Father John II of France
Mother Bonne of Luxembourg
Born (1343-06-24)24 June 1343
Died 3 November 1373(1373-11-03) (aged 30)
Burial Saint Denis Basilica
Religion Roman Catholicism

Joan of France, also known as Joan or Joanna of Valois (June 24, 1343, Châteauneuf-sur-Loire – November 3, 1373, Évreux), was the daughter of John II of France (called The Good), and his first wife, Bonne of Luxembourg. She married Charles II of Navarre (called The Bad), and became Queen-consort of Navarre.


Joan was the fifth of nine children. Her siblings included: Charles V of France, Louis I of Naples, John, Duke of Berry, Philip the Bold, Marie of Valois (wife of Robert I of Bar) and Isabella of Valois (wife of Gian Galeazzo Visconti and mother of Valentina Visconti).

When Joan was six years of age, her mother, Bonne died of Bubonic plague. Joan and her siblings later gained a stepmother in Joan I, Countess of Auvergne. Joan I had three children with John II, however they all died young.


She was firstly betrothed to John of Brabant, son of John III, Duke of Brabant and his wife Marie d'Évreux. The marriage did not, however take place.[1]

Joan instead was married on 12 February 1352 to Charles the Bad, at Chateau du Vivier, close to Fontenay-Trésigny in Brie, Coutevroult. He was the son of Philip III of Navarre and his wife, Joan II of Navarre. Joan and Charles were third cousins.

Joan and Charles had seven children:

  1. Marie (1360, Puente la Reina – aft. 1400), married in Tudela on January 20, 1393 Alfonso d'Aragona, Duke of Gandia (d. 1412). Their marriage was childless.
  2. Charles III of Navarre (1361–1425), married Eleanor of Castile (d. 1416), by whom he had issue.
  3. Bonne (1364 – aft. 1389)
  4. Peter of Évreux, Count of Mortain (c. March 31, 1366, Évreux – c. July 29, 1412, Bourges), married in Alençon on April 21, 1411 Catherine (1380–1462), daughter of Peter II of Alençon. Their marriage was childless.
  5. Philip (b. 1368), d. young
  6. Joanna of Navarre (1370–1437), married firstly John V, Duke of Brittany by whom she had issue; married secondly Henry IV of England; her second marriage was childless.
  7. Blanca (1372–1385, Olite)

Her daughter, Joanna of Navarre was the second wife of Henry IV of England. She was therefore stepmother to Henry V of England.

Joan died in 1373, aged only thirty, in Evreux. She was buried in the Royal Abbey of Saint Denis.



Joan of Valois, Queen of Navarre
Born: 24 June 1343 Died: 3 November 1373
Preceded by
Jeanne d'Évreux
Queen consort of Navarre
Succeeded by
Eleanor of Castile