She-Wolf of France, Queen of England
The first full-length biography of a much maligned - but astonishingly colourful - Queen of England.
Described by Christopher Marlowe as the 'She-Wolf of France', Isabella was one of the most notorious femme fatales in history. According to popular legend, her angry ghost can be glimpsed among church ruins, clutching the beating heart of her murdered husband. But how did Isabella aquire this reputation?
Born in 1292 she married Edward II of England but was constantly humiliated by his relationships with male favourites and she lived adulterously with Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March. Had it not been for her unfaithfulness, history might have immortalised her as a liberator- the saviour who unshackled England from a weak and vicious monarch.
Dramatic and startling this first full-length biography of Isabella will change the way we think of her and her world forever.
Praise for Isabella
This compelling story is told in even tones.Weir carefully balances her subject's good points with her bad... Alison Weir succeeds in bringing to life a murky period of history, which has been shrouded in myth and legend.She makes us sympathetic to Isabella's plight, while acknowledging her faults, and helps us to appreciate how a resourceful and intelligent woman managed to cope and even triumph in difficult circumstances, at a time when political power was, with a few notable exceptions, the preserve of men.Literary Review
This enthralling biography doesn't just correct the calumny of centuries, it provides a beautifully nuanced portrait of a fascinating lady and gives a vivid sense of the riotous realpolitik of medieval times.Scotsman
This meticulous no-nonsense biography presents a fascinating story complete with puzzles.Independent on Sunday
An utterly compelling, gripping and believable portrait of a formidable queen.Lisa Jardine, Washington Post
Brilliant, scholarly, and will be the most definitive study ever published. Congratulations to Jonathan Cape and Alison for a truly outstanding contribution to the study of medieval history.Paul Doherty
This is history which reads like a novel.Weir writes lucidly, with an eye for the details which bring the period to life.Christopher Hudson, Daily Mail