Joan of Bar

Royal Descent:

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

1. Princess Eleanor Plantagenet (1269-1298) m. Henry III, Count of Bar (1259-1302)

JOAN OF BAR

Birth:      1294      Bar-Le-Duc, Bar [France]

“His birth was followed by that of a daughter, called Joanna (Chron. de Nicholas, Trivet MS., No. 637, Supplement Français Bibliothèque du Roi).”1; “Jeanne de Bar naquit en 1295.”2; “Elle vient au monde au cours de 1295 (Lucien de Warren).”3 Green states Joan was born after her brother Edward. Warren (followed by Poull) states she was born in 1295, but doesn’t cite a source. If Green was correct when she stated that Eleanor, Countess of Bar was pregnant when she departed England for Bar in April 1294, then Joan was probably the child she gave birth to later that year.

Death:      31 Aug 1361      London

“Jeanne de Bar, comtesse de Warren-Surrey mourut à Londres, au mois de Juin 1361, âgée de 66 ans.”2; “Joan d. 31 Aug. 1361 (Lewes Cartulary, pt. ii, p. 18).”4 Given that Joan’s burial took place in October, the Lewes Cartulary most likely has her correct date of death over Warren’s unsourced assertion.

Burial:      Oct 1361      Sainte-Maxe Collegiate Church, Bar-Le-Duc, Bar [France]

“Son valet de chamber Lalement, qu’elle avait amené du fond de la Lorraine, fut chargé de conduire son corps sur le continent. Elle fut enterrée dans l’église Saint-Maxe de Bar-le-Duc.”2; “Et inhumée une seconde fois dans l’un des caveaux de la collégiale Saint Maxe. Le 26 septembre 1361 Robert duc de Bar fait apporter dans cette ville par ses prévôts une grande quantité de cire. Celle-ci est destinée à confectioner les cierges et chandelles qui brûleront au cours de ses obsequies, don’t la celebration a lieu sans doute au début du moins d’octobre (Arch. Meuse. B.2322 et B.1129. – V. Servais. Annales du Barrois. op. cit. Pages 407 et 408).”3

Occupation:      Countess of Surrey 1306-1361

Spouse:

John de Warenne, 8th Earl of Surrey

Marriage:      25 May 1306      Westminster Palace

“The marriage took place in the chapel of the King’s palace of Westminster on May 25 1306, in the presence of the King. Some curious entries were made in the Wardrobe Accounts in reference to the marriage, which are not without interest. The King gave three cloths of gold to his chaplain for performing the service. ‘1306. May 25. In money lent and disbursed in the presence of the King, at the nuptials celebrated in the King’s chapel at Westminster, between John, Earl de Warenne, and the Lady Joanna, daughter of the Count de Barr, xls.’.”5

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Sources

1. Mary Anne Everett Green, Lives of the Princesses of England from the Norman Conquest, Volume 2 (London: 1850), pp. 310-311, 315.

2. Lucien de Warren, “Jeanne de Bar, Comtesse de Warren, 1295-1361,” Bulletin de la Société philomatique vosgienne, Volume 11, 1885, pp. 48, 57.

3. Georges Poull, La Maison Souveraine et Ducale de Bar, Presses Universitaires de Nancy (Nancy, France: 1994), pp. 258-259.

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 12 Part 1, St. Catherine Press Limited (London, 1953), pp. 511-512.

5. F. Royston Fairbank, “The Last Earl of Warenne and Surrey, and the Distribution of His Possessions,” Yorkshire Archaeological Journal, Volume 19 (1907), p. 193.