Joan of Évreux

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Joan of Évreux (1310 – 4 March 1371) was Queen of France and Navarre as the third wife of King Charles IV of France. She was the daughter of his uncle Louis, Count of Évreux and Margaret of Artois. The royal couple's lack of sons caused the end of the direct line of the Capetian dynasty. Because she was Charles's first cousin, the couple required papal permission to marry, which they obtained from Pope John XXII. They had three daughters, Jeanne, Marie and Blanche, who were unable to inherit the throne under principles of Salic law.

Jeanne d'Évreux
Queen consort of France and Navarre
Countess consort of Champagne
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Died4 March 1371 (aged 60–61)
Château de Brie-Comte-Robert, Brie-Comte-Robert, France
SpouseCharles IV of France
IssueBlanche, Duchess of Orléans
HouseHouse of Évreux
FatherLouis, Count of Évreux
MotherMargaret of Artois
ReligionRoman Catholicism

Jeanne died on 4 March 1371 in her château at Brie-Comte-Robert, in the Île-de-France region, some twenty miles southeast of Paris. She was buried at the Basilica of St Denis, the necropolis of the Kings of France.

Two of Jeanne's remarkable possessions survive: her book of hours and a statue of the Virgin and Child. The Book of Hours, known as the Hours of Jeanne d'Evreux, is in The Cloisters collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It was commissioned from the artist Jean Pucelle between 1324 and 1328, probably as a gift from her husband. The book contains the usual prayers of the canonical hours as arranged for the laity along with the notable inclusion of the office dedicated to St Louis, her great-grandfather. The small statue of the Virgin and Child (gilded silver and enamel, 69 cm high), which Jeanne left to the monastery of St Denis outside Paris, is in the Louvre Museum.


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French royalty
Title last held by
Marie of Luxembourg
Queen consort of Navarre
Title next held by
Joan of France
Queen consort of France
Succeeded by
Joan the Lame