Isabella and the Strange Death of Edward II

Isabella and the Strange Death of Edward II Isabella daughter of Philip IV of France married King Edward II of England in in a union intended to create a lasting peace between the two countries It is believed that Edward was murdered at

  • Title: Isabella and the Strange Death of Edward II
  • Author: Paul Doherty
  • ISBN: 9781841198439
  • Page: 499
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 It is believed that Edward was murdered at Berkeley Castle near Gloucester, at the order of his wife This book examines the incident set in the most turbulent periods of English history.

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    1. Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information.He has been published under several pseudonyms P.C Doherty, Celia L Grace, Paul Harding, Ann Dukthas, Vanessa Alexander, Michael Clynes and Anna Apostolou but now writes only under his own name.Paul Doherty was born in Middlesbrough North Eastern England in 1946 He had the usual education before studying at Durham for three years for the Catholic priesthood but decided not to proceed He went to Liverpool University where he gained a First Class Honours Degree in History and won a state scholarship to Exeter College, Oxford, whilst there he met his wife Carla Lynn Corbitt He continued his studies but decided that the academic world was not for him and became a secondary school teacher.Paul worked in Ascot, Nottingham and Crawley West Sussex before being appointed as Headmaster to Trinity Catholic School in September 1981 Trinity is a large comprehensive 1700 on roll which teaches the full ability range, ages 11 18 The school has been described as one of the leading comprehensives in the U.K In April, 2000 H M Inspectorate describe it as an Outstanding School , and it was given Beacon status as a Centre of Excellence whilst, in the Chief Inspector s Report to the Secretary of State for January 2001, Trinity Catholic High School was singled out for praise and received a public accolade.Paul s other incarnation is as a novelist He finished his doctorate on the reign of Edward II of England and, in 1987, began to publish a series of outstanding historical mysteries set in the Middle Age, Classical, Greek, Ancient Egypt and elsewhere These have been published in the United States by St Martin s Press of New York, Edhasa in Spain, and Eichborn, Heyne, Knaur and others in Germany They have also been published in Holland, Belgium, France, Italy, Romania, Estonia, Czechoslovakia, Russia, Bulgaria, Portugal and China, as well as Argentina and Mexico.He has been published under several pseudonyms see the bibliography C L Grace, Paul Harding, Ann Dukthas and Anna Apostolou but now writes only under his own name He recently launched a very successful series based around the life of Alexander the Great, published by Constable Robinson in the U.K and Carroll and Graf in the U.S.A whilst his novels set in Ancient Egypt have won critical acclaim Paul has also written several non fiction titles A Life of Isabella the She wolf of France, Wife of Edward II of England, as well as study of the possible murder of Tutankhamun, the boy Pharaoh of Egypt s 18th Dynasty, and a study on the true fate of Alexander the Great.Paul and Carla live on the borders of London and Essex, not far from Epping Forest and six of their children have been through his own school His wife Carla currently owns two horses and is training, for showing and dressage, a beautiful Arab filly named Polly.Paul lectures for a number of organisations, particularly on historical mysteries, many of which later feature in his writings A born speaker and trained lecturer Paul Doherty can hold and entertain audiences.His one great ambition is to petition the Privy Council of England to open the Purbeck marble tomb of Edward II in Gloucester Cathedral Paul believes the tomb does not house the body

    2. She’s been called a ‘She-Wolf’, eliciting disgust. She has also been reviled in her strength and resourcefulness with allegations that she influenced the queen character in the game of chess. Who is this formidable lady who can procure such contradictory views? Isabella of France. Having married Edward II of England at the tender age of 12; what followed was scandal, intrigue, adultery, the disposal of the King, and possible murder. Historian Paul Doherty explores this tumultuous relations [...]

    3. On the one and only time I visited Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire, way back in the sixties, the chamber where Edward II was reputedly murdered was billed as a highlight of the tour. Later, as a student at Southampton University in 1969, I remember Ian McKellen playing Edward II in Marlowe’s play of the same name, raising shocked intakes of breath as he entered planting a kiss on the lips of the King’s favourite, Piers Gaveston.The notorious manner of the king’s death — “by a red ho [...]

    4. The reign of Edward II must be one of the most turbulent and, from a historical perspective, fascinating eras in English history. Son of Edward I, Longshanks and Hammer of the Scots, and father of Edward III, the epitome of medieval kingship, Edward II is perhaps proof of the old adage that virtues and vices often skip a generation.A weak-willed and pleasure-loving prince, obsessed with his favourites, neglectful of his duties and too easily swayed, Edward II was the first king in English histor [...]

    5. I really wasn't impressed by this to be perfectly honest. The writing wasn't very good, so I really struggled reading it despite it being something I am interested in. Doherty switches between highlighting (fairly and reasonably) the fact that there is so much we really can't know, to stating things about people's attitudes or emotions as if they were fact. I found this really annoying, particularly in the way he discussed Isabella. Equally, when talking about Edward II's sexuality, he writes ab [...]

    6. Paul Doherty goes deep within the medieval world, and comes up with a new theory of the death of Edaward II. Doherty digs into the royal family and dirty secrets that the monarchy would have rather kept hiddenIsabella, the French princess that was supposed to bring peace, instead she was jealous and was determined to see anyone who vied with her position with her husband brought down. Edward II was a strange king. He preferred to not have to govern to much, delegating as much as he could to thos [...]

    7. I've just had to change this to 4 stars instead of 3. (Probably actually it's around 3.5 like the average seems to be). Not least because it pulled me through in only a few days and the bibliography is so detailed at the back that it invited me to appreciate the work that had gone into it. The writing style is great again from the author and I especially liked the thought that had gone into his own theory of Henry II's escape from the castle at Berkeley. Henry II starts out as a likable rogue an [...]

    8. 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 order him killed? Was he killed with a red hot poker up the ass, so as to avoid detection? Or did he escape to live in Wales , as the author seems to believe?), we know little about him or his queen. No portraits or letters by their own hand—the best we have are their monuments and clerks’ inve [...]

    9. Especially well written, this is a book for the everyday person that does't take masses of historical knowledge for granted. Doherty unravels the story of Edward II's life and fall , which happens at the expense of the rise of his French wife and Queen Isabella and her dubious lover, Roger Mortimer. Although there is much speculation- which is unavoidable as the authors explains- this book helps to demystify the mysterious death of Edward II and presents a remarkable theory, that Edward II didn' [...]

    10. A very interesting and highly readable revisionist/counterfactual reworking of the life and death of Edward II, and the role played in both by his either much-maligned or complete bitch of a wife, Isabella. Doherty suggests that Edward was not murdered unpleasantly (by having a red-hot poker shoved up his backside) at Berkley Castle, as centuries of bloodthirsty schoolboys have been taught, but may have actually been helped to escape and either travelled to the continent or hid out in Wales, whe [...]

    11. strong woman survives less than loving spouse and his preferred favorites but makes the mistake of falling in lust with the warrior who overthrows her spouse, the king of england and then poses threat to her son, the new king, edward III. She is known as the she wolf of england. If she had avoided the sex outside of her marriage or at least kept it more discreet during the 14th century she might have kept her reputation. Her son, Edw.III whitewashed her reputation afterwards. However, turns out [...]

    12. The history presented in this book is interesting and it is presented clearly. I did feel like the writing, as storytelling, could be better. It felt distant & rushed, particularly in the earlier chapters 1-6. The final 2 chapters are the heart of the book, where the author presents his theory. It does feel like the first 6 chapters presenting the history surrounding his theory were grudgingly written in order to get the reader up to speed. The book has certainly piqued my interest and I wil [...]

    13. I found this book rather interesting, it gave me a more enlightened knowledge on the life of Edward ll. Also I liked at the end the hypothesis of - Is he really entombed in Gloucester or did he escape, and if so where did he end up?I never knew much about Isabella and really you have to feel for her and how she was mistreated, no wonder she turned to another man. I surely wouldn't have wanted to been living as a royal in those times !

    14. Having read 'The Perfect King' by Ian Mortimer, I wanted to dig a little more into the death of Edward II. I've visited Berkeley Castle many moons ago, scene of the so called murder. I've also visited the tomb of Edward's in Gloucester Cathedral. I think Paul Doherty investigates this 700 year old whodunnit, and comes up with the truth behind what happened. No need to visit Gloucester Cathedral again then!

    15. I adore Paul Doherty's mediaeval mysteries but the early part of the Strange Death of Edward II is merely re-stating most of what he has covered elsewhere. It isn't until right at the end of the book that Doherty puts forward less than compelling evidence concerning Edward's demise. If he had written the first part with as much verve and panache as the ending, I might not have felt so disappointed.

    16. Pretty good, an interesting topic and the author provides some interesting ideas of what may have happened during this time, I don't agree with all of them but they were very interesting. I also was very intrigued by the fact that Doherty moves away from Gaveston's relationship with Edward that so many people focus on, when there is so much more to the relationship.

    17. Wow--if you think fantasy novels are full of devious characters and twisted plotlines, you won't believe this history book! It's fascinating reading, full of love, betrayal, vengeance and murder. the author also writes historical mysteries, and his deft prose is easy and enjoyable. Highly recommended if you're interested in royalty, intrigue or the Middle Ages.

    18. I'm not very familiar with the reign of Edward II, so this fact-filled book made a good educational starting point. I found the writing style somewhat flat, though, and some of the author's conclusions made me scratch my head, especially in regards to Isabella's motivations as a female.

    19. Doherty proposes that the accepted story of the death of Edward II at Berkley Castle may not be true, but fails to propose an alternative or suggest which of the other theories he finds most convincing.

    20. The fortunes of a whole nation rested on the whims of just a couple of highly placed people, which is why we don't really have a whole lot of governments based on monarchies like this anymore.

    21. This was not a mystery, more of a look into what happened to Edward II. Why he was a schmuck, why his wife hated him, why his wife had him killed. Hot poker up the rear end. Ouch.

    22. Interesting review of the facts surrounding the Isabella/Mortimer coup against Edward II and some interesting speculation surrounding the odd circumstances of Edward's death.

    23. Accessible and even handed summary of the total mess that was Edward II and the likelihood that his accepted death and burial story was a fake. I find his interpretation a little more convincing than Ian Mortimer's. At the same time I have to say that either story is more convincing than the official one when you get right down to it.

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