Joanna of Flanders

Joanna Of Flanders

Joanna of Flanders

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Joanna of Flanders (c. 1295 – September 1374), also known as, Countess Jeanne, Jehanne de Montfort and Jeanne la Flamme, was consort Duchess of Brittany by her marriage to John IV, Duke of Brittany. She was the daughter of Louis I, Count of Nevers and Joan, Countess of Rethel, and the sister of Louis I, Count of Flanders.


Breton War of Succession

She married the future Duke John IV in March 1329. When his half-brother died in 1341, his niece Joanna of Penthièvre and her husband Charles of Blois claimed Britanny. John went to Paris to be heard by Philip VI of France. Philip was an uncle of Charles and he imprisoned John, despite having given him a promise of safe conduct.

Joanna then named her infant son leader. She mustered an army and captured Redon. From there she went to Hennebont, to prepare it for a siege. She also asked King Edward III of England for aid. This, Edward was eager to give, since he had been claiming the French crown for himself and was therefore at odds with Philip. If he could get Brittany as an ally, this would be of great advantage for future campaigns.

While Hennebont was besieged by Charles of Blois, Joanna rode through the streets in armour, encouraging the people to fight. When she took a look from a tower and saw that the enemy camp was almost unguarded, she led three hundred men on a charge, burned down his supplies and destroyed his tents. Charles of Blois tried to starve the people in Hennebont. During a long meeting the bishop of...
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