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The Resource Isabella and the strange death of Edward II, Paul Doherty

Isabella and the strange death of Edward II, Paul Doherty

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Isabella and the strange death of Edward II
Title
Isabella and the strange death of Edward II
Statement of responsibility
Paul Doherty
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Subject
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Language
eng
Summary
  • In chess, the queen is the most powerful and feared piece on the board. Paul Doherty's fascinating new book reveals that this is an inheritance from the fourteenth-century reign of Queen Isabella of England. The daughter of Philip IV of France, she was married to Edward II in 1308, when she was just twelve years old. The marriage was intended to create a lasting peace between the two countries. Isabella was a loyal wife at first, though Edward soon became notorious for his rackety life, his 'favourites', Piers Gaveston and the more sinister Hugh de Spencer (an ancestor of the late Diana, Princess of Wales), and for his lack of judgment, one result of which was the massacre of the English army at Bannockburn. After thirteen years of enduring her husband's dissolute nature, together with vicious personal harassment from Hugh de Spencer, Isabella fled abroad, where she fell in love with the exiled Roger Mortimer. Together they raised a mercenary army and invaded England, successfully deposing Edward and inflicting a gruesome death on de Spencer. Isabella then settled down to rule in the name of her young son, Edward III
  • But it is the ultimate fate of Edward II that has always proved controversial, focusing on the popular belief that he was murdered at Berkeley Castle in an infamous manner, at the order of his wife and her lover. This terrible act is supposed to have brought about their eventual downfall, Mortimer being arrested and hanged, the queen sent into semiretirement. Still, the truth is uncertain. After Mortimer's execution a letter arrived at court suggesting that Edward might not have died at Berkeley. Could he have escaped? Doherty's fascinating study of the queen known to chroniclers as the 'She-Wolf' provides new insight into one of the most turbulent periods of English history, and a fresh view of the true fate of Edward II
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Isabella and the strange death of Edward II, Paul Doherty
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-256) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 3
  • New Favourite and Isabella's Disgrace
  • 69
  • 4
  • She-Wolf Triumphant
  • 105
  • 5
  • Burial of a King
  • 133
  • 6
  • Prologue: England under Edward I
  • Downfall of the She-Wolf
  • 155
  • 7
  • Immortal King
  • 183
  • 8
  • King is Dead, Long Live the King
  • 217
  • 1
  • 1
  • A Fitting Marriage ...
  • 11
  • 2
  • Isabella and the King's Favourite
  • 35
Control code
ocm51637761
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Carroll and Graf edition.
Extent
262 pages
Isbn
9781841193014
Lccn
2003043568
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
Isabella and the strange death of Edward II, Paul Doherty
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-256) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 3
  • New Favourite and Isabella's Disgrace
  • 69
  • 4
  • She-Wolf Triumphant
  • 105
  • 5
  • Burial of a King
  • 133
  • 6
  • Prologue: England under Edward I
  • Downfall of the She-Wolf
  • 155
  • 7
  • Immortal King
  • 183
  • 8
  • King is Dead, Long Live the King
  • 217
  • 1
  • 1
  • A Fitting Marriage ...
  • 11
  • 2
  • Isabella and the King's Favourite
  • 35
Control code
ocm51637761
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Carroll and Graf edition.
Extent
262 pages
Isbn
9781841193014
Lccn
2003043568
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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