Joan of Navarre was born to Charles II of Navarre and Joan of Valois at Pamplona, Navarre.
1373 (3rd November)
Joan’s mother died.
Joan and her two elder brothers were captured by their uncles, the regents of France, and taken to Paris as hostages.
Joan and her brothers were released from captivity.
Joan left Navarre and travelled to Brittany for her marriage to John IV.
1386 (2nd October)
Joan married John IV, Duke of Brittany in the Cathedral of Bayonne.
1387 (1st January)
Joan’s father died in Pamplona. He had been wrapped in cloth soaked in brandy as a remedy against an ailment. An attendant accidentally dropped a candle which ignited the brandy-soaked cloth and he burned to death.
1387 (12th August)
A daughter, Joan, was born to Joan and John IV, Duke of Brittany.
A daughter, Isabelle, was born to Joan and John IV, Duke of Brittany. She died aged two months.
1388 (7th December)
Joan’s daughter, Joan, died.
1389 (24th December)
A son, John, was born to Joan and John IV, Duke of Brittany.
1391 (18th February)
A daughter, Marie, was born to Joan and John IV, Duke of Brittany.
A daughter, Margaret, was born to Joan and John IV, Duke of Brittany.
1393 (24th August)
A son, Arthur, was born to Joan and John IV, Duke of Brittany.
A son, Gilles, was born to Joan and John IV, Duke of Brittany.
A son, Richard, was born to Joan and John IV, Duke of Brittany.
A daughter, Blanche, was born to Joan and John IV, Duke of Brittany.
Joan met Henry Bolingbroke
who had been exiled from England, when he spent time at the Breton court.
1399 (1st November)
Joan’s husband, John IV of Brittany, died. He was succeeded by his son, John who was still a minor. Joan acted as regent of Brittany for her son.
Joan received a marriage proposal from Henry Bolingbroke, now King Henry IV King of England. She accepted but stated that she had to set the affairs of Brittany in order before the marriage could proceed.
Joan made Philip, Duke of Burgundy, the guardian of her male children and regent of Brittany for her son, John V.
1403 (13th January)
Joan and her daughters left Brittany for England.
1403 (7th February)
Joan married King Henry IV of England at Winchester Cathedral.
1403 (26th February)
Joan was crowned Queen of England at Westminster Abbey.
The English parliament ordered that all foreigners be removed from the royal household. Joan managed to persuade her husband to allow her daughters to remain.
Joan persuaded her husband, Henry IV, to create her son, Arthur of Brittany, Earl of Richmond.
Joan persuaded her husband, Henry IV, to release all Breton prisoners in England without ransom.
The English parliament made another order for all foreigners to be removed from the royal household. Joan’s daughters were recalled to Brittany by their brother, John V of Brittany.
King Henry IV’s health began to deteriorate. It is thought that he was suffering from leprosy.
1413 (20th March)
Joan’s husband, Henry IV, died. He was succeeded by his son from his first marriage, Henry V
Henry V made Joan regent of England while he was fighting in France.
1415 (25th October)
Battle of Agincourt
Joan’s stepson, Henry V, secured a decisive victory over the French. Joan’s son, Arthur of Brittany, who had fought for the French, was taken prisoner.
Joan took part in public events to celebrate the victory at Agincourt.
Joan was accused of using witchcraft to poison King Henry V. She was imprisoned in Pevensey Castle
and her possessions confiscated.
1422 (late July)
King Henry V had contracted dysentery and was very ill. He ordered that Joan be released from prison and financially compensated.
After her release from prison, Joan lived quietly at Nottingham Castle.
1422 (31st August)
King Henry V died from dysentery at the Castle of Bois-de-Vincennes, France. He was succeeded by his infant son, Henry VI
Joan made a pilgrimage to Walsingham.
1437 (10th June)
Joan died in London.