Saint Jane of Valois

detail of the rose window of Saint Joan of Valois; c.1880, artist unknown; church of Sauzé-Vaussais, Deux-Sèvres, France; photographed on 29 November 2014 by JLPC; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Jéhanne de France
  • Jeanne de Valois
  • Joan of France
  • Joan of Valois
  • Duchess of Berry
  • Queen Jane
  • Queen Joanna



Born a princess, the daughter of King Louis XI of France and Charlotte of Savoy. Cousin of Blessed Louise of Savoy. Deformed at birth and sickly through her life, she early developed a devotion to Our Lady, and the praying of the Angelus. Married at age 9 for political reasons to Louis, Duke of Orleans. Believing it her duty, she developed tender feelings for him, prayed for him, and praised him to others; when he because King Louis XII, he had their marriage anulled by Pope Alexander VI. Made Duchess of Berry (in modern France) which province she ruled. With her Franciscan spiritual advisor Blessed Gabriel Mary, she founded the Order of the Annonciades or Order of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose chief rule was to imitate the virtues of Mary as described in the Bible.







MLA Citation

  • “Saint Jane of Valois“. CatholicSaints.Info. 16 May 2020. Web. 28 February 2021. <>