Gemma Hollman: Joan of Navarre

How do you stop a powerful woman? Call her a Witch.

Joan of Navarre was the richest woman in the land, at a time when war-torn England was penniless. Queen consort of England as the wife of Henry IV and a loving stepmother to his six children, Joan would later find herself accused of attempting to murder her stepson, Henry V, using witchcraft. Upon her death in 1437, however, she was buried with full honours in Canterbury Cathedral.

Historian Gemma Hollman, author of Royal Witches: From Joan of Navarre to Elizabeth Woodville, reveals the shocking story of Joan’s brush with witchcraft and how such accusations could be used to bring medieval England’s powerful women to their knees.

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Mon 19 Oct


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