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ISABELLA OF FRANCE (born between 1288-1296-d.1358). QUEEN CONSORT OF EDWARD II from 25th January, 1308 until her husband's deposition on 20th January, 1327. HOUSE OF PLANTAGENET. PICTURE: 15th century manuscript illustration of Isabella of France with Roger Mortimer (hence the reason why Isabella and her lover are wearing Gothic armor). From a manuscript in the British Library.

Roger Mortimer - lover of Queen Isabella who helped her to depose her husband Edward II. Mortimer was later executed by Isabellas son who became Edward III.

Mortimer's Hole - On the 19th October 1330 supporters of the young King Edward III entered the castle through Mortimer's Hole and captured Queen Isabella and her lover, Roger Mortimer. The two were ostensibly ruling England until Edward came of age. Isabella was put under house arrest and Mortimer was executed in London on 29th November 1330.

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Isabella of France - one of history's most famous femme fatales, Edward II's French queen famously overthrew her husband with the aid of her lover, Roger Mortimer, in 1326. After her son, Edward, wrested back power, Mortimer was executed, but Isabella was allowed to live.

The Pope granted a dispensation for John "Lackland" Plantagenet (John I) to marry his first wife, Isabella of Gloucester, as they were both great-grandchildren of Henry I. Their marriage was annulled in 1199, and Isabel never became queen. John went on to marry Isabella of Angouleme.

Edmund FitzAlan and Hugh Despenser the Elder before Queen Isabella. The Queen executed them both for siding against her before she took over the English throne with her lover Roger Mortimer (from her husband Eward II). She and Roger were regents for her son Edward III. Edmund, Edward II & III, Mortimer, and Isabella are my ancestors.

Edward III's Coronation. Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March, was the lover of Queen Isabella, the She-Wolf. Together they overthrew Isabella's husband Edward II in 1326-27 and ruled England together for about 3 years, until Isabella's son Prince Edward got fed up and took over himself as Edward III. He promptly had Mortimer hanged and his mother imprisoned.

Fountevraud Abbey in France. Recumbent figures of Plantagenet dynasty: Henry II & Eleanor of Aquitaine, their son Richard the Lion Heart and Isabella d'Angouleme