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Violante Visconti, Duchess of Clarence

Also Known As: "Yolanda", "Violante Of /Pavia/", "Violante /Visconti/", "Jolantha"
Birthplace: Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Death: November 1386 (28-37)
Pavia, Province of Pavia, Lombardy, Italy
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Galeazzo II Visconti and Bianca Marie Visconti
Wife of Ludovico Visconti; Secondotto - Otho Palaeologus, Marquess of Montferrat and Lionel of Antwerp, 1st Duke of Clarence
Mother of Giovanni Visconti
Sister of Gian Galeazzo Visconti, 1°duca di Milano; Maria Visconti and Cesare Visconti
Half sister of Beatrice Visconti

Managed by: Shirley Marie Caulk
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About Violante Visconti, Duchess of Clarence

Violante of Milan VISCONTI

Death - 1404

Father - Galeazzo VISCONTI, Duke of Milan

Family 1: Lionel of Antwerp, Duke of Clarence

Marriage - 28 MAY 1368, Milan, Italy

Family 2: Marquis Otho of Montferrat



Violante Visconti

Violante (Jolantha) Visconti (1354 – November 1386) was the second of three children of Galeazzo II Visconti, Lord of Milan and Pavia, and Bianca of Savoy.[1] Her father gave to her the provinces of Alba, Mondovì, Kenites, Cherasco and Demonte as an inheritance. As a 13-year-old, with the promise of a large dowry from her father, in addition to her territories, she was married to the third son of King Edward III of England, Lionel of Antwerp, 1st Duke of Clarence in the church of Santa Maria Maggiore, predecessor of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Nascente, Milan, on 28 May 1368.[2][3] The wedding festivities were lavish and ostentatious.[4] The banquet, held outside, included 30 courses of meat and fish presented fully gilded. Between the courses the guests were given gifts such as suits of armor, bolts of cloth, war horses, arms, and hunting dogs.[3] Among the guests were Geoffrey Chaucer,[5] Petrarch,[6] Jean Froissart and John Hawkwood.[7] The marriage was short-lived. Lionel died in Alba on 17 October that year, just five months after the wedding. His death may have been due to food poisoning.[8] The Duchess of Clarence had no issue by the Duke.[2]

On 2 August 1377, Violante's father negotiated a second marriage, to Secondotto, Marquess of Montferrat. Sixteen months later, on 16 December 1378, Secondotto was assassinated after a battle at Piacenza (or Asti).[9] They had no issue.[3]

On 18 April 1381, she married a third time to her cousin Ludovico Visconti, lord governor of Lodi and Parma. He was the son of her paternal uncle Bernabò Visconti and his wife Beatrice Regina della Scala. They had a son, Giovanni Visconti, who was born after 1382.[10] Barbara Tuchman suggests that her brother may have killed her third husband.[3] She was a sister-in-law to Isabelle of Valois, the youngest daughter of King John II of France. As a niece of Bernabò Visconti, she was cousin to Valentina Visconti, Queen of Cyprus and had cousins who married into Austrian and Bavarian nobility, including Viridis Visconti, grandmother of emperor Frederick III and Taddea Visconti, mother of Isabeau of Bavaria, of France, whose daughters Isabella of Valois and Catherine of Valois were both Queen consorts of England.[11] Violante died in Pavia in November 1386, at the age of 32.[12]

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Violante Visconti, Duchess of Clarence's Timeline

Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Lombardy, Italy
November 1386
Age 33
Pavia, Province of Pavia, Lombardy, Italy
March 4, 1995
Age 33
April 5, 1995
Age 33
Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Lombardy, Italy
of Milan, Italy