Isabella of France

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Isabella of France
Queen consort of England
Tenure 25 January 1308 - 20 January 1327
Coronation 25 February 1308
Spouse Edward II
Issue
Edward III
John of Eltham, Earl of Cornwall
Eleanor, Countess of Guelders
Joan, Queen of Scots
House House of Capet
Father Philip IV of France
Mother Joan I of Navarre
Born c. 1296
Paris
Died 22 August 1358
Hertford Castle, Hertford
Burial Grey Friars' Church at Newgate

Isabella of France was born in Paris in 1296. She was married as a Queen consort to Edward II of England. She did not like her husband, and often was the peacemaker between him and his hostile barons. She hated her husband so much, she cheated on him with Roger Mortimer of Wigmore. She plotted against Edward ll, and eventually kicked him off the throne, and made her first son, Edward lll, the king instead. Edward ll was later viciously murdered with a hot poker, and his heart was sent to Isabella in a box. Edward lll then killed Mortermir, the reason is still unclear, but it is believed that Mortermir was killed because he killed Edward ll. [1] She was called " the she wolf of France"[2] and she was known for her charming beauty. Despite her pleasant appearance, she was actually a ruthless person. In 1321 when she was denied access to the Leeds Castle, she made her escort try to force their way in through the gate, and after they failed, she made 13 of her escort hang immediately. [3]She had 4 children and at least 3 miscarriages. When she later died she was buried in her wedding dress.[4]

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  1. Edward II marries Isabella of France: January 25th, 1308 History Today January 2008 Biography in Context 2/27/13
  2. A sobriquet appropriated from Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 3, where it is used to refer to Henry's Queen, Margaret of Anjou
  3. Edward II marries Isabella of France: January 25th, 1308 History Today January 2008 Biography in Context 2/27/13
  4. World History: Ancient and Medieval (ABC-Clio)