ISABELLA OF FRANCE: The Rebel Queen


ISABELLA OF FRANCE: The Rebel Queen

Kathryn Warner    Book Number: 85739    Product format: Paperback

In the hot summer of 1326, 42 year old King Edward II was staying at the Tower of London with his household and a few important allies who still remained to him after almost two decades of misrule, favouritism, greed and ineptitude. Meanwhile 18 miles away a fleet of fewer than 100 ships was landing in Suffolk, no more than 1,500 people who came ashore who would spell his downfall. One of the leaders of the invasion was his estranged wife and Queen, Isabella of France. She married Edward II in January 1308 and afterwards became one of the most notorious women in English history. In 1325 she was sent to her homeland to negotiate a peace settlement between her husband and her brother King Charles IV, King of France. She refused to return. Instead she began a relationship with her husband's deadliest enemy, the English Baron Roger Mortimer. With the king's son and heir, the future Edward III, under their control the pair led an invasion of England which ultimately resulted in Edward II's forced abdication in January 1327. Isabella and Mortimer ruled England during Edward III's minority until he overthrew them in October 1330. A rebel against her own husband and King and Regent for her son, Isabella was a powerful, capable and intelligent woman. She forced the first ever abdication and thus changed the course of English history. This special book corrects the many myths surrounding her in rich detail. 320pp, 28 illus, 27 in colour, and note on prices and wages and three pages of family trees.
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ISBN 9781445652429
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