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JOAN (died 1237), princess

Name: Joan
Date of death: 1237
Spouse: Llywelyn ap Iorwerth
Partner: William de Braose
Child: Angharad ferch Llywelyn ap Iorwerth
Child: Margaret ferch Llywelyn ap Iorwerth
Child: Gwladus ferch Llywelyn ap Iorwerth
Child: Susanna ferch Llywelyn ap Iorwerth
Child: Helen ferch Llywelyn ap Iorwerth
Child: Dafydd ap Llywelyn ap Iorwerth
Parent: Clemencia
Parent: John
Gender: Female
Occupation: princess
Area of activity: Politics, Government and Political Movements; Royalty and Society
Author: Thomas Jones Pierce

natural daughter of king John by an unknown mother. She was betrothed to Llywelyn ap Iorwerth in 1204, and married to him in 1205. Her role as ambassadress and intermediary between her husband and the Crown in the period 1211-32 was an important one. In spite of the tragic liaison with William de Breos (see Braose family), which resulted in a short term of imprisonment for Joan, Llywelyn's attachment to her appears to have been genuine. When she died at the palace of Aber on 2 February 1237 her body was conveyed across the Menai and buried in a new cemetery near the manor of Llan-faes, where Llywelyn founded a Franciscan friary in her memory. She was the mother of Dafydd ap Llywelyn.

A stone coffin, removed from Llan-faes at the Dissolution, and now preserved in S. Mary's church at Beaumaris, is reputed to be hers.


Published date: 1959

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