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FRANCIS LANCELOTT, ESQ. Queens of England. Vol.1.

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FRANCIS LANCELOTT, ESQ.
Queens of England. Vol.1.
page 256



JOANNA OP NAVARRE, ûnm nf Iraq tjjt /nnrt|. CHAPTEE I. Joanna's parentage—_ΒΐίΛ·—Childhood—Marriage to the Duke of Brittany—Horrible death of her fatfter-—Her husband s jealousy of CHsson—Its consequences—Joanna's children—The Duke and Clisson at war—The Duke orders the ambassadors from the court of Ban's to be seized—Joanna prevents his purpose, and prevails on him to do fealty to King Charles of France—He protects the murderer of Clisson—The King of France, tvhilst marching against his Duchy, goes mad— Joanna intercedes and again restores peace, which is soon broken—Marriage of Joanna's son John, and lier daughter Mary—Tlte Duke of Brittany visits ΟΛΝΝΑ of Navarre, hostages for the future good conduct of a Queen scarcely their bad, bold father, who, to obtain mentioned by Enthe disputed crown of France, resorted glish historians, was again and again to treachery, craft, and the daughter of crime, the foulest on record. After reCharles d'Albert,* maining for a considerable period in not that King of Nadishonourable nor rigorous confinement varre whose evil reat Paris, they were released at the ear pute obtained for him the surname of nest instance of John of (-astile, a the Bad, and his wife, Joanna, daughter prince to whom Joanna had been beof the unfortunate John the First, King trothed in 1380, but who, for politicai of France. Joanna entered the world reasons, had broken his troth with her, about the year 1371, and whilst yet a and espoused a Princess of Arragon. laughing girl, she and two of her brothers To obviate the advantages of an were made captives, and detained as alliance with England, the Dukes of Burgundy and lerri, her maternal uncles, * His mother was Joanna, the only surviv selected her as the third wife of Duke ing child of Louis the Tenth of France. The Salic law prevented Joanna from ascending John the Fourth of Brittany, surname d the French throne; but she married the the Valiant, The marriage was nego-Count of Evreux, and transmitted to her son, ciated early in the year 1386, and soCharles, the kingdom of Navarre, and the lemnized on the eleventh of September, counties of Brie and Champaigne, petty dominions which she possessed in her own at Saillé, near Guerraud, in Navarre. right. AU the leading nobility of Brittany and


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