Joanna I of Naples led a fascinating life marked by both triumph and tragedy. Orphaned as a child, married four times, and rumored to have had her first husband killed outside her own bedchamber, she was a controversial figure even in her own day. Join us as we examine the ups and downs of one of the most powerful (yet oft-forgotten) women of the fourteenth century.
Nancy Goldstone. The Lady Queen: The Notorious Reign of Joanna I, Queen of Naples, Jerusalem, and Sicily. Walker Books, 2009.
Nancy Goldstone. Four Queens: The Provençal Sisters Who Ruled Europe. Penguin, 2007.
Elizabeth Casteen. "Sex and Politics in Naples: The Regnant Queenship of Johanna I of Naples, 1343 – 1382." Journal of the Historical Society 11 (June 2011): 183–210.
Welbore St. Clair Baddeley. Queen Joanna I of Naples, Sicily, and Jerusalem, Countess of Provence, Forcalquier, and Piedmont: An Essay on Her Times. London: William Heinemann, 1893. *Note: Like all good 19th-century antiquarians, St. Clair Baddeley was in possession of two things: a fabulous name and very firm opinions. His biography makes for delightful reading but isn't terribly objective or academically rigorous.*
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This episode is part of our Medieval Conspiracy Theories Series
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin MacLeod (www.incompetech.com)