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Queen Isabella

(2005)
Treachery, Adultery, And Murder in Medieval England
(Isabella)
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Isabella arrived in London in 1308, the spirited twelve-year-old daughter of King Philip IV of France. Her marriage to the heir to England's throne was designed to heal old political wounds between the two countries, and in the years that followed, she would become an important figure, a determined and clever woman whose influence would come to last centuries. But Queen Isabella's political machinations led generations of historians to malign her, earning her a reputation as a ruthless schemer and an odious nickname, “the She-Wolf of France.”

Now the acclaimed author of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Alison Weir, reexamines the life of Isabella of England, history's other notorious and charismatic medieval queen. Praised for her fair looks, the newly wed Isabella was denied the attentions of Edward II, a weak, sexually ambiguous monarch with scant taste for his royal duties. As their marriage progressed, Isabella was neglected by her dissolute husband and slighted by his favored male courtiers. Humiliated and deprived of her income, her children, and her liberty, Isabella escaped to France, where she entered into a passionate affair with Edward II's mortal enemy, Roger Mortimer. Together, Isabella and Mortimer led the only successful invasion of English soil since the Norman Conquest of 1066, deposing Edward and ruling in his stead as co-regents for Isabella's young son, Edward III. Fate, however, was soon to catch up with Isabella and her lover.

Many mysteries and legends have been woven around Isabella's story. She was long condemned as an accessory to Edward II's brutal murder in 1327, but recent research has cast doubt on whether that murder even took place.

Isabella's reputation, then, rests largely on the prejudices of monkish chroniclers and prudish Victorian scholars. Here Alison Weir gives a startling, groundbreaking new perspective on Isabella, in this first full biography in more than 150 years. In a work of extraordinary original research, Weir effectively strips away centuries of propaganda, legend, and romantic myth, and reveals a truly remarkable woman who had a profound influence upon the age in which she lived and the history of western Europe.

Engaging, vibrant, alive with breathtaking detail and unforgettable characters, Queen Isabella is biographical history at its finest.

Genre: Inspirational

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October 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England
Author(s): Alison Weir
ISBN: 0-345-45319-0 / 978-0-345-45319-8 (USA edition)
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Title: Isabella: She-Wolf of France, Queen of England
Author(s): Alison Weir
ISBN: 0-224-06320-0 / 978-0-224-06320-3 (UK edition)
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Title: Isabella: She-Wolf of France, Queen of England
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Title: Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England
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July 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: Isabella: She-Wolf of France, Queen of England
Author(s): Alison Weir
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Title: Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England
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Title: Isabella: The She-Wolf of France
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Title: Isabella: The She-Wolf of France
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October 2005 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Queen Isabella
Author(s): Alison Weir
ISBN: 1-4193-5480-9 / 978-1-4193-5480-9 (USA edition)
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2005 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: Queen Isabella Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in England
Author(s): Alison Weir
ISBN: 1-4193-6305-0 / 978-1-4193-6305-4 (USA edition)
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Title: Isabella: She-Wolf of France, Queen of England
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Title: Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England
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