Thomas Holland, 1st Earl of Kent & Joan of Kent

1340 - 1360
Joan of Kent and Thomas Holland, 1st Earl of Kent  
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Thomas Holland, 1st Earl of Kent and Joan of Kent were married for 20 years before Thomas Holland, 1st Earl of Kent died, leaving behind his partner and 5 children.

They had 5 children, Thomas (671), John (669), Edmund (667), Joan (665) and Maud (662).

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StatusDurationLength
Married1340 - Dec 1360 20 years, 11 months
Total 1340 - Dec 1360 20 years, 11 months


In 1340, at the age of twelve, Joan secretly married Thomas Holland of Upholland, Lancashire, without first gaining the royal consent necessary for couples of their rank.
The following winter (1340 or 1341), while Holland was overseas, her family forced her to marry William Montacute, son and heir of the first Earl of Salisbury. Joan later averred that she did not disclose her existing marriage with Thomas Holland because she had been afraid that disclosing it would lead to Thomas's execution for treason upon his return. She may also have become convinced that the earlier marriage was invalid.
Several years later, Thomas Holland returned from the Crusades, having made his fortune and the full story of his relationship with Joan came out. He appealed to the Pope for the return of his wife and confessed the secret marriage to the king.
When the Earl of Salisbury discovered that Joan supported Holland’s case, he kept her a prisoner in her own home. In 1349, Pope Clement VI annulled Joan’s marriage to the Earl and sent her back to Thomas Holland, with whom she lived for the next eleven years. They had four known children (though some sources list five), before Holland died in 1360.
Their children were:
Thomas Holland, 2nd Earl of Kent
John Holland, 1st Duke of Exeter
Lady Joan Holland (1356–1384), who married John V, Duke of Brittany (1339–1399).
Lady Maud Holland (1359–1391), who married firstly to Hugh Courtenay and secondly to Waleran III of Luxembourg, Count of Ligny (1355–1415).
Edmund Holland (c. 1354), who died young. He was buried in the church of Austin Friars, London

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Relationship Timeline

December, 1360 - Breakup

1359 - Child

1356 - Child

1354 - Child

1352 - Child

1350 - Child

1340 - Hookup

1340 - Marriage

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Children

NameGenderBornAge
ThomasMale1350672 years old
JohnMale1352670 years old
EdmundMale1354668 years old
JoanFemale1356666 years old
MaudFemale1359663 years old

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