Joan Holland, Duchess of Brittany

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Lady Joan Holland
Duchess consort of Brittany
Died1384 (aged 33–34)
Noble familyHolland
Spouse(s)John IV, Duke of Brittany
FatherThomas Holland, 1st Earl of Kent
MotherJoan of Kent

Lady Joan Holland (1350 – October 1384)[1] was Duchess of Brittany as the second wife of John IV, Duke of Brittany. She was the daughter of Joan of Kent and Thomas Holland, 1st Earl of Kent. Her mother married secondly to Edward the Black Prince and was mother to Richard II. Her marriage to John IV took place in London in May 1366, but without the approval of King Edward III of England,[2] Joan's step-grandfather, who claimed overlordship of Brittany. The couple had no children.

Joan's death, in her thirties,[3] was politically inexpedient. In 1386, two years afterwards, John IV married Joan of Navarre,[4] later the queen of King Henry IV of England.


  1. ^ Jean IV (Duke of Brittany); Société d'histoire et d'archéologie de Bretagne (2001). Recueil des actes de Jean IV, duc de Bretagne: Supplément. Société d'histoire et d'archéologie de Bretagne. ISBN 978-2-9505895-5-2. (in French)
  2. ^ The Hundred Years War (Part III): Further Considerations. BRILL. 25 July 2013. p. 243. ISBN 978-90-04-24565-5.
  3. ^ John Bell Henneman (January 1996). Olivier de Clisson and Political Society in France Under Charles V and Charles VI. University of Pennsylvania Press. p. 114. ISBN 978-0-8122-3353-7.
  4. ^ Michael Prestwich (2008). Liberties and Identities in the Medieval British Isles. Boydell Press. p. 101. ISBN 978-1-84383-374-1.
Preceded by
Mary of Waltham
Duchess consort of Brittany
Succeeded by
Joan of Navarre
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