Joan of Kent
, a member of the Plantagenet royal family, is remembered mostly for her marriages, but less well known are her military exploits and her political influence.
Joan of Kent, about 1385, ancestor to many kings of England and Great Britain, from a wooden engraving
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Her nickname, The Fair Maid of Kent, was given to her by later writers, and was not used during her lifetime.