Isabella of France


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Isabella of France

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(Biography) 1292–1358, wife (1308–27) of Edward II of England, whom, aided by her lover, Roger de Mortimer, she deposed; mother of Edward III
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The 16th child, Edward, survived to ascend the throne but his wife, Isabella of France, had him murdered when he was 43.
When Queen Isabella of France and her consort Roger Mortimer invaded England in 1326, Despenser was near the top of their hit list.
The upcoming wedding between Princess Isabella of France and Prince Lluis of Catalonia might not happen at all.
Edward's grandmother, Queen Isabella of France, had gained the manorial rights when the crown acquired them from previous owners, and it is said that Edward was a frequenter of the area and used Cheylesmore Manor as his hunting lodge.
It was a term later applied with more aptness to the weak Edward II's consort, Isabella of France.
From this almost forgotten incident Helen Castor has woven a richly entertaining account of the lives of Matilda and three other medieval queens, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Isabella of France and Margaret of Anjou.
Edward's marriage to Isabella of France is a sham and eventually her loneliness drives her to join the rebels.
In its heyday the chapel was also used as a royal apartment and provided regal accommodation for Queen Isabella of France, the notorious "She Wolf" who engineered the murder of her husband, King Edward II.