See also

Family of Edward II and Isabella CAPET

Husband: Edward II (1284-1327)
Wife: Isabella CAPET (1292-1358)
Children: EDWARD III (1312-1377)
Joanna ( - )
Marriage 22 Jan 1307

Husband: Edward II


Edward II, Edward_II_King of_England

Name: Edward II1
Sex: Male
Name Prefix: King
Name Suffix: Plantagenet
Father: Edward I (1239-1307)
Mother: Eleanor OF CASTILLE (1241-1290)
Birth 25 Apr 1284 Caernarfon Castle
Occupation King of England
Death 21 Sep 1327 (age 43) Berkeley Castle, Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England

Wife: Isabella CAPET


Isabella CAPET, Isabella_of_France

Name: Isabella CAPET1
Sex: Female
Father: Philip IV of FRANCE (1269-1314)
Mother: Joan I of NAVARRE (1273-c. 1305)
Birth 1292 Paris, France
Occupation Queen of England
Death 22 Aug 1358 (age 65-66)



EDWARD III, Edward_III_King of England

Sex: Male
Spouse: Philippa of HAINAULT ( - )
Birth 13 Nov 1312 Windsor Castle
Occupation King of England
Death Jun 1377 (age 64) Sheen Palace, Surrey, England

Child 2: Joanna

Name: Joanna
Sex: Female
Spouse: David BRUCE (1323- )

Note on Husband: Edward II

King of England EDWARD II Plantagenet was born on 25 Apr 1284 in Caernarfon Castle, Wales. He died on 21 Sep 1327 in Berkeley Castle, England. The Cause of death was that he was murdered by his wife, Isabella (daughter of Philip IV of France).

Queen of England ISABELLA of France was born in 1292 in Paris, Seine, France. She died on 22 Aug 1358 in England.

Note on Wife: Isabella CAPET

Sometimes described as the She-wolf of France, she was Queen consort of England as the wife of Edward II of England. She was the youngest surviving child and only surviving daughter of Philip IV of France and Joan I of Navarre. Queen Isabella was notable at the time for her beauty, diplomatic skills and intelligence.


Isabella arrived in England at the age of twelve during a period of growing conflict between the king and the powerful baronial factions. Her new husband was notorious for the patronage he lavished on his favourite, Piers Gaveston, but the queen supported Edward during these early years, forming a working relationship with Piers and using her relationship with the French monarchy to bolster her own authority and power. After the death of Gaveston at the hands of the barons in 1312, however, Edward later turned to a new favourite, Hugh Despenser the younger, and attempted to take revenge on the barons, resulting in the Despenser War and a period of internal repression across England. Isabella could not tolerate Hugh Despenser and by 1325 her marriage to Edward was at a breaking point.


Travelling to France under the guise of a diplomatic mission, Isabella began an affair with Roger Mortimer, and the two agreed to depose Edward and oust the Despenser family. The Queen returned to England with a small mercenary army in 1326; moving rapidly across England, the King's forces deserted him. Isabella deposed Edward, becoming regent on behalf of her son, Edward III. Many have believed that Isabella then arranged the murder of Edward II. Isabella and Mortimer's regime began to crumble, partly because of her lavish spending, but also because the Queen successfully, but unpopularly, resolved long-running problems such as the wars with Scotland.


In 1330, Isabella's son Edward III deposed Mortimer in turn, taking back his authority and executing Isabella's lover. The Queen was not punished, however, and lived for many years in considerable style, although not at Edward III's court, until her death in 1358. Isabella became a popular "femme fatale" figure in plays and literature over the years, usually portrayed as a beautiful but cruel, manipulative figure.


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