Isabella of Angoulême

The Tangled Queen (Part 1)

Erica Lainé

Paperback

This gripping debut novel explores Isabella of Angoulême's unhappy time as a queen.

  • ISBN 9781781324578
  • Published Oct 2015
  • Paperback
    203 x 133mm (228 pages)

£8.99

Set in the thirteenth century, the kingdoms of England and France are struggling over territory as the powerful Angevins threaten the French king. In regions far from Paris local fiefdoms disregard all authority.

The Tangled Queen is the story of the little known and very young Isabella of Angoulême who was abducted by King John in 1200. She became his second wife and queen consort, aged 12. He was the most reviled king in English history and his lust for her led to the loss of Normandy and the destruction of the Plantagenet Empire, which then brought about the Magna Carta.

Isabella came of age in England, but was denied her place in court. Her story is full of thwarted ambition, passion, pride and cruelty. She longed for power of her own and returned to France after the death of John to live a life of treachery and intrigue…

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