Joan de Cobham (de Septvans) (c.1241 - c.1298) MP

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Birthplace: Of, , Kent, England
Death: Died in Mary Magdalen, Cobham, Kent, England
Managed by: Serenity Denice Morat
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About Joan de Cobham (de Septvans)

Joan de Septvans was one of the co-heirs of Roese, the widow of Stephen de Pencestre.

Her tomb brass, pictured here, is a large and prestigious composition, likely to have cost in the region of £10, a huge sum in the early 14th century. The brass features the full length effigy of a lady wearing a loose gown with demi-sleeves over a kirtle, her head covered by a veil, and a wimple enveloping her neck and the lower portion of her face. Over her is a canopy and round the edge of the slab of Purbeck marble an inscription in rhyming Norman-French, reading: DAME IONE DE COBEHAM GIST ICI, DEUS DE SA ALME EIT MERCI, KI KE PUR LALME PRIERA, QUARAUNTE IOURS DE PARDOUN AVERA (Dame Joan de Cobham lies here, God have mercy on her soul, whoever prays for her soul shall have 40 days pardon).

This brass is the earliest surviving brass in England commemorating a woman. It is the first of the outstanding series of brasses at Cobham, Kent, which lie in serried ranks before the high altar, attesting to the power and importance of the Cobham family. Joan merited her own brass because, although she was a woman, she was a person of wealth and consequence in her own right. Her marriage allied her to the Cobhams, a minor baronial family of some consequence who were yet to reach the zenith of their influence, but she was a co-heiress of the more important Septvans family. Her brother, Sir Robert de Septvans, who died in 1306, was himself commemorated by a fine military brass at Chartham, Kent.

See "My Lines"

( http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cousin/html/p156.htm#i17614 )

from Compiler: R. B. Stewart, Evans, GA

( http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cousin/html/index.htm )

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Joan de Cobham's Timeline

1241
1241
Of, , Kent, England
1259
1259
Age 18
Of, , Kent, England
1260
1260
Age 19
Cobham, Kent, England
1262
1262
Age 21
Balckborough, Devon, England
1264
1264
Age 23
Pipardsclive, Wiltshire, England
1266
1266
Age 25
Cobham, Kent, England
1268
1268
Age 27
Worcester, Worcestershire, England
1270
1270
Age 29
Cobham, Kent, England
1274
1274
Age 33
Cobham, Kent, England
1276
1276
Age 35
Of, Cobham, Kent, England