Joan of Taranto

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Joan of Taranto
Queen consort of Armenia
DiedMarch 1323
SpouseOshin, King of Armenia
Oshin of Korikos
IssueGeorge of Armenia
Maria, Queen of Armenia
HouseCapetian House of Anjou
FatherPhilip I, Prince of Taranto
MotherThamar Angelina Komnene

Joan of Taranto (died March 1323) was Queen of Armenia by marriage to Oshin, King of Armenia. She was daughter of Philip I, Prince of Taranto, and his first wife Thamar Angelina Komnene. She was a member of the Capetian House of Anjou.

Life[edit]

Joan was possibly born in about 1297, and was the eldest daughter of five children, having had two older brothers, Charles and Philip, and two younger sisters, Margaret, who married Walter VI of Brienne and Blanche, who married Ramon Berenguer of Aragon.

Joan's parents did not have a good relationship: Philip suspected Thamar of acting in her family's interests over his during the two-year conflict that raged between the Capetian House of Anjou and Epirus, despite the fact that she had pawned the remainder of her jewellery to help him pay for the military effort. Distrustful of Thamar, Philip decided to divorce her and in 1309 accused her of having committed adultery. She was forced into confessing that she had had sexual relationships with at least forty of the lords of his court, and that she had formed a particular relationship with Bartolomeo Siginulfo, the Grand Chamberlain of Taranto. Thamar became an outcast, probably never seeing her children again, she either became a nun or was imprisoned by Philip. In either case she died not long afterwards in 1311.

Shortly following her mother's death, Joan acquired a stepmother in Catherine of Valois, who Philip married in July 1313. From this marriage Joan acquired five half-siblings, including Philip II, Prince of Taranto.

Queen[edit]

In February 1316, Joan married her first husband, Oshin, King of Armenia. Joan was Oshin's third wife, from his first marriage he had had a son Leo. From this marriage she adopted the name Eirene.[1] The couple were only married for four years.

On his death on July 20, 1320, Oshin was succeeded by his minor son Leo (sometimes referred to as Leo V). It was believed that Oshin was poisoned [2]

Soon after Oshin's death, his cousin Oshin of Korikos became regent. He wished to make himself and his family more secure in Armenia. Steps were taken to make this happen; Oshin married Joan, who was forced into the marriage. Oshin married his daughter Alice off to Joan's stepson Leo. Oshin was also probably responsible for the deaths of King Oshin's sister Isabella and two of her sons, in order to remove rival claimants.

Joan died in March 1323, she was outlived by her ill-fated second husband.

Six years after Joan's death, Leo reached majority, he took revenge on his regent. Joan's husband and brother-in-law Constantine, Constable of Armenia and Lord of Lampron, and Leo's wife Alice were all murdered on the king's orders, the head of Oshin being sent to the Ilkhan and of Constantine to Al-Nasr Muhammad.

Issue[edit]

In her first marriage she had one child:

  • George (1317 – after 1323), died young

Oshin and Joan had one daughter:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cawley, Charles, Sicily, Medieval Lands, Medieval Lands database, Foundation for Medieval Genealogy,[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ Cawley, Charles, Armenia, Medieval Lands, Medieval Lands database, Foundation for Medieval Genealogy,[self-published source][better source needed]
Joan of Taranto
Born: circa. 1297 Died: March 1323
Royal titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Isabelle of Lusignan
Queen consort of Armenia
1316–1320
Vacant
Title next held by
Alice of Korikos