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Joan "The Fair Maid of Kent", Lady of Wake [~1328-1385] -- English noble, Countess of Kent

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PLANTAGENET, Joan The Fair Maid of Kent

Joan Plantagenet, "The Fair Maid of Kent," so called from her extraordinary beauty. This distinguished woman inherited the Earldom of Kent and Earldom of Woodstock, honours of her father, and the Barony of Wake, a dignity of her mother, from which latter peerage she styled herself "Lady of Wake."

She was celebrated as one of the most beautiful women of her time and is said to have been the heroine of the episode upon which the "Order of the Garter" was founded. King Edward III ¤ (her first cousin, their fathers both being sons of Edward I), stooped to pick up a garter she had dropped on the ballroom floor. To the guffaws of the crowd, he responded in French, "Honi soit qui mal y pense" (Evil to him who evil thinks), and fastened it about his own leg.

She was married three times.

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