Saturday, June 20, 2009

Review of Queen Isabella by Alison Weir

From the Back cover:
In this vibrant biography, acclaimed author Alison Weir reexamines the life of Isabella of England, one of history's most notorious and charismatic queens. 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 became an important figure, a determined and clever woman whose influence would come to last centuries. Many myths and legends have been woven around Isabella's story, but in this first full biography in more than 150 years, Weir gives a groundbreaking new perspective.

My Review:

Alison Weir's goal is to get the reader to develop sympathy for Isabella of France. She states the reason why she did what she did. Her claims for the reason Isabella did what she did was 1. She was neglected wife who husband picked men over her, 2. Her husbands male companions were trying to harm her and 3. Her husband was a weak man who was easily persuaded. When she brought over from France she had high hopes for her marriage even though she was very young she soon realized that her dreams will never be realized. She also goes on to state that she is not responsible for the demise of Edward II of England. She state possible theories for why this is so. That being said this is not one of my favorites by her I liked her Children of Henry VIII the best so far.

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