Isabella of France married Edward II in January 1308, and afterwards became one of the most notorious women in English history.
In 1325/6 she was sent to her homeland to negotiate a peace settlement between her husband and her brother Charles IV.
She refused to return. Instead, she began a relationship with her husband's deadliest enemy, the English baron Roger Mortimer.
With her son, the king's heir, under their control, the pair led an invasion of England which ultimately resulted in Edward II's forced abdication in January 1327 in favour of his and Isabella's son.
Isabella and Mortimer ruled England during Edward III's minority, until he overthrew them in October 1330.
A rebel against her own husband and king, and regent for her son, Isabella was a powerful, capable, intelligent woman.
She forced the first ever abdication of a king in England, and thus changed the course of English history.
Examining Isabella's life with particular focus on her revolutionary actions in the 1320s, The Rebel Queen corrects the many myths surrounding her and provides a vivid account of this most fascinating and influential of women.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 336 pages, 30
- Publisher: Amberley Publishing
- Publication Date: 10/03/2016
- Category: British & Irish history
- ISBN: 9781445647401