Their topics include elite households in 10th-century Francia and Anglo-Saxon England, Eleanor of Brittany in confinement: problematizing paradigms of the household for noble prisoners, serving Isabella of France
: from queen consort to dowager queen, royal household and political parties: the configuration of Ferdinand the Catholic's entourage in Castile 1469-1516, and the households of the Portuguese infantes in the Avis Dynasty: formation and autonomy of alternative centers of power in the 16th century.
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.
Which king of England married Isabella of France
It was a term later applied with more aptness to the weak Edward II's consort, Isabella of France
. Both these women are included in this survey of both queens regnant and consort who became de facto regnant: the uncrowned Matilda, heir of Henry I, who struggled against her cousin Stephen to rule; Eleanor, consort of Henry II, who finally banished her and then imprisoned her for her support of his sons' revolt; Isabella, a nasty piece of work who turned against her husband, Edward II, and eventually allied with her lover, Roger Mortimer, to oust the King and, in the author's view, to have him killed; and Margaret, who ruled when the King's mental illness made him unfit.
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.