Joan of Navarre
- Born: 1271, Bar-Sur-Seine, France
- Marriage: King Philippe IV 'the Fair' France of France in 1284 in Notre Dame de Paris, Paris, Seine, France
- Died: 4 Feb 1305, Château de Vincennes, Vincennes, France at age 34
- Buried: Couvent Des Cordeliers, Paris, Isle de France, France
Joan or Jeanne was only 4 years old when she became the countess of Champagne and queen of Navarre. Her mother Blanche of Artois acting as regent entrusted her daughter and the kingdom of Navarre to the guard of the king of France, Philippe III the Hardy. She then married the brother of the king Edward I of England, Edmond of Lancaster. Her new husband acted as administrator over Champagne until 1284.
In May 1275, Blanche of Artois consented to marry her daughter Jeanne to one of the sons of the king of France, after having refused offers coming from the kingdoms of Castille and of Aragon. In 1284, upon reaching 13 years of age, Jeanne married Philippe le Bel The following year, the couple became king and queen of France. Jeanne gave birth to six children of which three future kings (Louis X, Philippe V and Charles IV) and two queens (Marguerite who married Ferdinand IV of Castille, and Isabel who married Edouard II of England).
Jeanne continued to rule directly over Champagne after her marriage to Philippe le Bel. She did however entrust the governing of Navarre to her husband's vassals. Her Parisian entourage, composed of vassals from Champagne as well as Normands such as Enguerrand of Marigny, played a very important political role and passed over to the service of the king of France after the death of Jeanne on the 4th of April 1305.
In her testament, the queen founded the Collège de Navarre in Paris for poor students from Champagne. Her son Louis le Hutin succeeded her as count of Champagne and king of Navarre. At the death of Philippe le Bel in 1314, when Louis became king of France, Champagne was attached to the Crown's territories.
Joan married King Philippe IV 'the Fair' France of France, son of King Philippe III 'the Bold' Capet of France and Isabel Princess of Aragón Queen of France, in 1284 in Notre Dame de Paris, Paris, Seine, France. (King Philippe IV 'the Fair' France of France was born in 1268 in Fontainebleau, France, died on 29 Nov 1314 in Fontainebleau, France and was buried on 17 Dec 1314 in Basilique Saint-Denis, Paris, Île-de-France, France.)