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Isabella and the Strange Death of Edward II

On sale

6th June 2013

Price: £4.99

Selected:  ebook / ISBN-13: 9780755395804

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The story of a queen known as ‘the she-wolf’ and a fresh view of an infamous murder…

In a colourful non-fiction narrative, which provides an evocative setting for a scramble for wealth and power, Paul Doherty traces the life of Queen Isabella and her part in the mysterious death of her husband, King Edward II. Perfect for fans of Michael Jecks and Kathryn Warner.

‘Riveting… Nobody reading could be left in any doubt that… Edward’s murder at Berkley is open to question’ – Alison Weir, Sunday Times

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.

What readers are saying about Isabella and the Strange Death of Edward II:
‘A scholarly and very readable biography of the woman known as the ‘She Wolf of France”
‘Paul Doherty has done a wonderful job in sketching the life and career of this remarkable Queen – it’s a real historical page-turner
I could not stop reading this book by Paul Doherty as it is very well written, immensely readable and fascinating. For me an absolute MUST


Alison Weir, <i> Sunday Times </i>
Praise for Paul Doherty: Riveting... Nobody reading could be left in any doubt that... Edward's murder at Berkley is open to question
Times Literary Supplement
That this was a genuine affair of the heart is well displayed by Doherty
Contemporary Review
[A] history book that may be read with all the excitement of a detective novel
Independent on Sunday
Doherty skilfully illuminates the life of the enigmatic Isabella