Princess Joan ‘of Acre’

Royal Descent:

Edward I, King of England m. 1) Eleanor of Castile

Princess JOAN ‘of Acre’ PLANTAGENET of England

Birth:      1272      Acre, Palestine

“None of the English narratives gives an exact date for Joan’s birth, but the contexts of those that do mention her indicate clearly that the year was 1272: Flores historiarum, Ann. monastici, Chron. Bury.”1


No record of her baptism survives, but Joan was likely named for her maternal grandmother, Jeanne of Ponthieu, Queen of Castile.

Death:      23 Apr 1307      Clare, Suffolk

“Circa hujus anni principum, scilicet vicesima tertia die mensis Aprilis, domina Johanna, soror regis et comitissa Gloverniae, in manerio suo de Clare viam universae carnis ingress est”2; “Joan’s obit is marked on 23 April in her sister Elizabeth’s psalter.”1

Burial:      26 Apr 1307      Austin Friars church, Clare

“Et ibidem in ecclesia fratrum sancti Augustini honorifice sepelitur”2; “The body of the deceased princess was carried to the Augustine priory of Clare, and attended to the grave by Prince Edward, with almost all the magnates of England (Chron. Dunmowe, Cott. MS., Cleop., A. iii., f.293”3; “And was bur. 26 Apr. 1307, in the Austin Friars’ church at Clare in Suffolk”4. The source CP cites for the date of burial, the Flores, actually doesn’t say which day Joan was buried.

Occupation:      Countess of Gloucester & Hertford 1290-1307

Spouse 1:

Gilbert de Clare, 6th Earl of Gloucester & Hertford

Marriage:      30 Apr 1290      Westminster Abbey

“The marriage of the Princess Joanna took place on Sunday, the 30th of April, 1290, when she was in her nineteenth year. It was privately celebrated at Westminster Abbey by the king’s chaplain (Chron. Brute, Lamb. MS., No. 99, f.39. Chron. Barthol. Norw., Cott. MS, Nero, Cv., f.205b). The following entries occur in the wardrobe book of the year in reference to the marriage:– ‘On the last day of April, for offerings made at a mass privately celebrated in the conventual church of Westminster, in honor of the Holy Spirit, at the nuptials of Joanna, the king’s daughter, 70s.’.”3


Gilbert de Clare (1291-1314)

Eleanor de Clare (1292-1337)

Margaret de Clare (1293-1342)

Elizabeth de Clare (1295-1360)

Spouse 2:

Ralph de Monthermer, 1st Lord Monthermer

Marriage:      1297      England

“On 29 Jan. 1296/7 the escheator was ordered to take into his hand all the lands, goods and chattels of Joan, Countess of Gloucester (Cal. Close Rolls, 1296-1302, p. 12), from which it might be inferred that the King, suspecting her intentions with regard to Monthermer, sought to coerce her to abandon the marriage by degradation and loss of estates. On 16 Mar. the King gave his assent to her marriage with Amadeus of Savoy (Cal. Patent Rolls, 1292-1301, p. 243), and therefore must have been ignorant of her marriage, if it had already taken place, and on 12 May it was ordered that Joan should have reasonable allowance for herself and children (Cal. Close Rolls, 1296-1302). It would seem that by 3 July the King had discovered Joan’s marriage with Monthermer, for he took her lands into his own hand (Cal. Patent Rolls, 1292-1301, p. 288).”4


Mary de Monthermer (1297->1371)

Joan de Monthermer (1299-)

Thomas de Monthermer (1301-1340)

Edward de Monthermer (1304-1339)



1. John Carmi Parsons, “The Year of Eleanor of Castile’s Birth and Her Children by Edward I,” Mediaeval Studies, 46, 1984, p. 261.

2. Flores Historiarum, Volume III: A.D. 1265 – A.D. 1326, Henry Richard Luard (ed.), Rolls Series Volume 95 Part 3 (London: 1890), p. 142.

3. Mary Anne Everett Green, Lives of the Princesses of England from the Norman Conquest, Volume 2 (London: 1850), pp. 330-331, 356.

4. The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct, or Dormant – New Edition, Revised and Much Enlarged, George Edward Cokayne et al (eds.), Volume 5, St. Catherine Press Limited (London, 1926), pp. 708-710.