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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,799 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alison Weir Narrator: Lisette Lecat Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Isabella arrived in London in 1308, the spirited twelve-year-old daughter of King Philip IV of France. Her marriage to the heir to England’s throne was designed to heal old political wounds between the two countries, and in the years that followed, she would become an important figure, a determined and clever woman whose influence would come to last centuries. But Queen Isabella’s political machinations led generations of historians to malign her, earning her a reputation as a ruthless schemer and an odious nickname, “the She-Wolf of France.”

Now the acclaimed author of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Alison Weir, reexamines the life of Isabella of England, history’s other notorious and charismatic medieval queen. Praised for her fair looks, the newly wed Isabella was denied the attentions of Edward II, a weak, sexually ambiguous monarch with scant taste for his royal duties. As their marriage progressed, Isabella was neglected by her dissolute husband and slighted by his favored male courtiers. Humiliated and deprived of her income, her children, and her liberty, Isabella escaped to France, where she entered into a passionate affair with Edward II’s mortal enemy, Roger Mortimer. Together, Isabella and Mortimer led the only successful invasion of English soil since the Norman Conquest of 1066, deposing Edward and ruling in his stead as co-regents for Isabella’s young son, Edward III. Fate, however, was soon to catch up with Isabella and her lover.

Many mysteries and legends have been woven around Isabella’s story. She was long condemned as an accessory to Edward II’s brutal murder in 1327, but recent research has cast doubt on whether that murder even took place.

Isabella’s reputation, then, rests largely on the prejudices of monkish chroniclers and prudish Victorian scholars. Here Alison Weir gives a startling, groundbreaking new perspective on Isabella, in this first full biography in more than a hundred years. In a work of extraordinary original research, Weir effectively strips away centuries of propaganda, legend, and romantic myth, and reveals a truly remarkable woman who had a profound influence upon the age in which she lived and the history of western Europe.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Weir presents a fascinating rewriting of a controversial life that should supersede all previous accounts. Isabella is so intertwined with the greatest figures of her century and the next that any reader of English history will want this book.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “It’s her ability to capture the personalities of her aristocratic subjects—and to deliciously catalogue their clothes, food, and entertainment—that have made Weir such a popular historian.”


  • “Weir’s book offers incredibly in-depth details of and insights into  royal life in the fourteenth century.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “[An] enthralling biography…It provides a beautifully nuanced portrait of a fascinating lady and gives a vivid sense of the riotous realpolitik of medieval times.”


  • “A sympathetic account of Isabella.”

    Times Literary Supplement

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karen | 2/20/2014

    " As always, Weir gives such great detail. Since I am much more familiar with the Tudor era, a lot of this was new material for me; it's nice that she gives so many theories of the day, and later, and then she explains where she thinks these came from and where they go wrong. Pretty interesting stuff from a period in history that does not have the surviving documentation to support it that later eras would. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rebecca Coday | 2/20/2014

    " Overall a good book, a little tedious in parts, but it gave me a better picture of Queen Isabella and the terrible things she had to live with and the terrible decisions she had to make. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lara | 2/17/2014

    " While I love historial novels, i think this one was too much of an undertaking for me. I don't know much of the time period, so trying to follow the lineage lines and the historical character names kept getting in the way for me. This seems like a really interesting woman to profile, but i fear that the length of the book also intimidated me...perhaps I'll pick it back up when i'm ready for that kind of committment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michele bookloverforever | 2/10/2014

    " her biggest mistake was her blatant adultery and the resulting furor because it was after all the 14th century and women were supposed to be faithful no matter what. This was good because it also told the story of what happened after her son, Edw.III took control: the last 18 yrs of her life. Also questions whether or not her spouse, Edw.II was really murdered. possibly not. "

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