• StonedHoney

    Loved it, thank you~

  • Cindy Zelmore

    I was just trying to research her today at work for a project on Medieval England! I found so many conflicting accounts of what happened to her – thank you so much! This will help me sift through sources immensely!

  • Eoraptor

    Interesting how one grand woman can beget others like this…

  • D.S. Ryelle

    Now I wonder who I guessed, because I thought I guessed her…(Hey brain…what’s in there right now? xD )

  • D.S. Ryelle

    P.S.: Allison’s book is on my reading list! Somewhere…

    (Read: it’s in my tablet’s storage. I’m just in the middle of something else right now, as my last “royal read” was the latest Pippa Gregory.)

  • Dee

    Too bad you couldn’t get into the Tour de Nesle Affair, where she started a chain of events that revealed 2 of her sisters-in-law were cheating on their princely husbands, and the 3rd apparently was helping cover it up. But that had nothing to do with England or Edward.

  • archersangel

    i’ve read queen isabella: treachery, adultery, and murder in medieval england by allison weir. i recommend it.

  • Deb Salisbury

    Fascinating! Another great entry!

  • Jeanette Wu

    This was yet another excellent entry. Isabella of France is one of those awesome women of history who, because she was a woman, attracted criticism instead of praise. At least she was more successful than the tragic Margaret of Anjou, who lost husband, son, and kingdom. Medieval women are more awesome than people give them credit for. (Not just the nobles, but the peasant women who worked hard, did business, and bought land)

  • Jeanette Wu Oh, and while looking over Plantagenet kings, I discovered this website that collects quite a few contemporary depictions of Isabella. Her tomb is gone, unlike the tomb of her husband Edward II, but her face (along with that of her husband) has been used as decoration in a few of the churches that they patronized. Honestly, it’s a little sad to compare her face at fifteen, with bright eyes and a wide mouth that should have been full of laughter, with the misfortunes of her marriage.

  • Gjertrud Fludal

    In footnote 27, I think the first “Edward III” is supposed to say “Edward II”?

  • Jason Porath

    Fixed! Thank you, sorry about that.

  • Anon

    I find it strange how you mentioned that she was buried in her wedding cloak, but didn’t mention that she was also buried with Edward’s heart.

  • My understanding, from the book I read, was that this was not an uncommon practice for the time, and putting it in without a side discussion as to the practice would have given the wrong impression to modern readers as to its import. Given that the wedding cloak hit the same emotional beat, storytelling-wise, I let it stand in for her lingering feelings towards him. But you’re right, I should have included it in the footnotes – adding now. Thank you!