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Constance of Navarre (1395 – 31 August 1450) was the younger surviving daughter of Charles III of Navarre and his wife Eleanor of Castile. She was a member of the House of Évreux, a great-granddaughter of Philippe of Évreux and Little Jeanne de France, so a direct descendant of the last Capets.
Constance had two other surviving siblings, Blanche I of Navarre, successor of their father, and Beatrix of Navarre, married James II, Count of La Marche.
Constance’s maternal grandparents were Henry II of Castile and Juana Manuel of Castile. Her paternal grandparents were Charles II of Navarre and Joan of France. Constance's aunt was Joanna of Navarre, the second wife of Henry IV of England.
Constance married on 10 May 1419 Jean IV of Armagnac. Jean’s father was a prominent leader of the so-called Armagnac Party during the years of the civil war. He equally fought against the English invaders as well as the treacherous Burgundians. His daughter married to Charles D'Orléans and this is how the Duke and the Princess' friendship started. Orléans and Constance are sharing letter about the current events and since Constance's husband is fighting with Jeanne D'Arc, the only medicine for her loneliness is the correspondence. For the imprisoned Duke is also Constance the only one regular connection to his country. However their friendship is shadowed by the never-ending war and the unexpected actions of Anne, Duchess of Bedford.
Constance lives now in Bourges, in the beggarly Court of the Dauphin. She is a quiet observer, acts as an outsider but a little bit always dangerous.
Constance and Jean had five children:
• Marie of Armagnac (b. 1420; † 1473), married in 1437 John II of Alençon (b. 1409; † 1476), Duke of Alençon; maternal great-grandparents of King Henry IV of France.
• John V of Armagnac (b. 1420; † 1473), Viscount of Lomagne, then Count d' Armagnac, of Fézensac and Rodez.
• Eleanor (b. 1423; † 1456), married in 1446 Louis de Chalon (b. 1389; † 1463), Prince d'Orange, Lord of Arlay and Arguel.
• Charles I (b. 1425; † 1497), Viscount of Fézensaguet, then Count d' Armagnac, of Fézensac and Rodez.
• Isabella (b. 1430; † 1476), Lady of the Four-Valleys.
Based upon wikipedia
My Reference Books:
Isabelle of France
Jehanne de Saint Sauveur
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I loved it! Bravo Constance!
Dec 10, 2015 12:55 pmWell-written. I loved the conspiracy tone in it.
May 19, 2015 10:32 amBeautiful! I love your writing style.
Nov 25, 2013 07:13 amWell-Written and Interesting
Jun 19, 2013 01:50 pmConstance, your posts are amazing!
Apr 22, 2013 12:36 pm