Isabella and the Strange Death of Edward II

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Little, Brown Book Group, Aug 15, 2013 - History - 160 pages

In chess, from the time of Queen Isabella of England, the queen has been considered the most powerful and feared piece on the board. Known to chroniclers as the 'she-wolf', Isabella, daughter of Philip IV of France, married King Edward II of England in 1308 in a union intended to create a lasting peace between the two countries. But after 13 years of enduring her husband's unkind and dissolute nature she fled abroad. With her lover, the exiled Roger Mortimer, she raised an army of mercenaries and invaded England, successfully deposing Edward.

Popular belief holds that Edward was murdered in an infamous manner at Berkeley Castle near Gloucester, at the order of his wife and her lover. But after Mortimer's execution a letter arrived at court that cast doubt over Edward's death and raised the possibility of his escape. The evidence remains controversial to this day, and here Paul Doherty examines it in his fascinating detective study, set in one of the most turbulent and exciting periods of English history.

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User Review  - wealhtheowwylfing - LibraryThing

Well written history book. Despite the prurient interest we have in Edward II’s life (was his relationship with his favorites sexual? Did Isabella join in? Etc.) and his death (did Isabella actually ... Read full review

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User Review  - waltzmn - LibraryThing

Conspiracy theorists, this book is for you. Start with the facts. King Edward II of England (ascended 1307) had a disastrous reign; he constantly fought with his barons, and he lost his war with ... Read full review

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PAUL DOHERTY is the internationally renowned author of many novels and works of history. He studied history at Liverpool and Oxford universities, and gained his doctorate from Oxford. He is now headmaster of a London school and lives near Epping Forest

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