Isabella: Braveheart of France

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She was taught to obey. Now she has learned to rebel.

12 year old Isabella, a French princess marries the King of England - only to discover he has a terrible secret. Ten long years later she is in utter despair - does she submit to a lifetime of solitude and a spiritual death - or seize her destiny and take the throne of England for herself?

Isabella is just twelve years old when she marries Edward II of England. For the young princess it is ...

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Overview

She was taught to obey. Now she has learned to rebel.

12 year old Isabella, a French princess marries the King of England - only to discover he has a terrible secret. Ten long years later she is in utter despair - does she submit to a lifetime of solitude and a spiritual death - or seize her destiny and take the throne of England for herself?

Isabella is just twelve years old when she marries Edward II of England. For the young princess it is love at first sight - but Edward has a terrible secret that threatens to tear their marriage - and England apart.

Who is Piers Gaveston - and why is his presence in the king's court about to plunge England into civil war?

The young queen believes in the love songs of the troubadours and her own exalted destiny - but she finds reality very different. As she grows to a woman in the deadly maelstrom of Edward's court, she must decide between her husband, her children, even her life - and one breath-taking gamble that will change the course of history.

This is the story of Isabella, the only woman ever to invade England - and win.

In the tradition of Philippa Gregory and Elizabeth Chadwick, ISABELLA is thoroughly researched and fast paced, the little known story of the one invasion the English never talk about.

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"A page-turner . . . This peek behind the walls of the seraglio will seduce lovers of large-scale historical fiction." - Booklist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781621250913
  • Publisher: Cool Gus Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/12/2013
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 621,141
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Colin Falconer is an International Bestselling Author.

His fiction comes from dedicated research and what he calls a quest for Hemingway's ghost; characters with a passion for life, for love and the courage to face down their demons.

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  • Posted January 14, 2014

    I've read about Isabella's later years in a book by N. Gemini Sa

    I've read about Isabella's later years in a book by N. Gemini Sasson. Reading about her marriage to Edward II was truly enlightening.




    Most of the time when queens are worried about their lack of attention from their husband it is because of a mistress. In Isabella's case, her problem is the king's best friend, who happens to be a little more than his best friend.




    Ah the problems of royalty.




    The even bigger problem Isabella faces is that she seems much smarter than her husband even as a girl in her teenage years.




    It is impossible not to feel sorry for her. She was raised to be queen, and she had certain expectations, but Edward wasn't the King she thought she would be married to.




    Even worse, it had to be difficult to be married to a man who didn't really want to be king in the first place and when his lover was killed, he took his anguish out on the nation, and it really fell on Isabella to save England.




    It is no wonder she had to do what she did to save the throne.




    This was a very fast paced novel, at times maybe a little too fast paced, but a very enjoyable read.

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  • Posted January 12, 2014

    First, I have a confession to make I have not finished this book

    First, I have a confession to make I have not finished this book yet and not fault to the book on that. There was a little hiccup and received the book a little late for me to get it finished but I still wanted to tell you all about the book. This is the first book I have read by this author and so far it is an enjoyable book to read and I am sure the rest will be just as good. I have not read an books by this author before but the subject matter caught my attention. Being a fan of historical fiction I have not read much on France so was excited to receive this book. The author is doing a good job with the historical aspect of the story and making so I am really getting to know Isabella. Isabella was a strong woman as I am learning from this story. If you are a historical fiction fan then I suggest this book for you. 

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  • Posted December 6, 2013

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    ┬┐Isabella: Braveheart of France┬┐ is a grand tale of the young Fr

    ‘Isabella: Braveheart of France’ is a grand tale of the young French princess married off to Edward II of England. Yet Edward holds Piers Gaveston, his favorite, in higher esteem than his bride. Isabella grew up seeing the love between her father and mother, wanting a similar love for herself. Yet her marriage to Edward is no more than a duty to Edward and a never-ending heartache for Isabella. As a 12-year-old bride, Isabella is much more mature than Edward will ever be, and as she grows she learns more of the strength it takes to rule a country.




    ‘Isabella: Braveheart of France’ is a breathtaking story. I truly felt for Isabella, who was groomed to be a queen but had a husband who barely knew what to do with her as she wasn’t male. Unfortunately, as king, Edward had a royal duty to marry and produce offspring. He couldn't follow his heart anymore than Isabella could follow hers. Edward should never have been king as he felt he owed no one and he was owed everything without earning it. Isabella had the strength and fortitude to survive in a challenging court and thrive when her adopted country needed her. I was drawn in to Isabella’s world and felt her emotions as my own. Mr. Falconer has written an amazing story about a woman caught between worlds and who rises up to take the mantle she was born to wear.

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  • Posted October 10, 2013

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    Isabella, Princess of France, is ordered by her father, King Phi

    Isabella, Princess of France, is ordered by her father, King Philip IV, to obey and serve her husband no matter what the circumstances. For she represents France and any opposition would only provoke the insidious hostilities between England and France that have existed for centuries.  Isabella is being married to King Edward II so that he can acquire Gascony as an English territory, for no other reason; add to that Isabella is only twelve years old when she marries Edward. But that is the least of her problems.  For she yearns desperately for Edward to love her and all he does is ignore her, at least initially.  Then with time, Edward discovers this young girl is far from a child in her political thinking and advice; in fact, she is astutely wise, observant and careful.  Edward begins to value her as a counselor, yet it will be a long time before he considers her in a physical way.  The obstacle is Edward’s great love, Piers Gaveston, and what a passion they share!
    The nobles of England are totally disgusted by the King’s behavior and believe he gets all his advice from Gaveston.  The drama intensifies as English coffers decline and civil war seems looming as well as other wars.  The result is absolutely astounding with a new form of government rising, one that should be a system of checks and balances between the King and his nobles but in fact is otherwise.  The outcome for Gaveston is devastating, despite Isabella’s advice that could best be summed up as “patience and caution.” 
    Edward then chooses another advisor who is as ruthless as one could possibly be, all for the sake of building up the economy for England – and himself – and lashing out at those who had hurt Edward so deeply with their treachery.  He is the Despenser, who is also capable of destroying the loving relationship that Edward and Isabella had formed for a very short time, one which bore fruit in a royal Prince.  Again, civil war is threatened over the cruelties that Despenser hands out and Isabella barely escapes becoming his next victim.  Where she goes and how she manages to out-maneuver Edward and the Despenser is riveting reading.  What Edward has really been doing is even more stunning, and the resolution of this intensifying conflict leaves the reader gaping and yet also laughing at the irony of it all.
    Isabella: Braveheart of France is a gripping read because Colin Falconer is a master at creating an intriguing story filled with enough adventure, verbal sparring, ghastly punishments, secret plotting, and so much more that keep the reader furiously flipping the pages.  The history is accurate with subtle interpretations in fictional form to add just the right touch to a period of English history too often overlooked!  This is phenomenal historical fiction that is highly recommended.  Once you read Colin Falconer, you’ll want to read everything he has ever written as well as what he will craft in the future!

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  • Posted September 25, 2013

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    Queen Isabella of England was known as a she-Wolf. This was one

    Queen Isabella of England was known as a she-Wolf. This was one queen who was beautiful, diplomatic, and smart! But she was also known to be ruthless, manipulative, and sometimes heartless.
    Her father, King Philip IV of France schooled her politically and raised her to be wise and cautious. When she was twelve, he arranged for her to be married to England’s King Edward II. She had no idea the trouble she would face during the years of her marriage.
    First, there was internal conflict between the king and his nobles. Second, her husband’s heart belonged to someone else – a male “mistress” named Piers Gaveston. To Piers, he gave not only all his love, leaving none for Isabelle, but also much of his wealth in land, jewels, and titles. This angered the nobles who did much to place restrictions upon the king.
    Isabelle fell in love with Roger Mortimer, who worked with Isabelle to depose Edward. Edward was murdered and many believe that she even arranged to have Edward murdered, but that was never proven. Afterwards, Isabella and Roger spent lavishly as she made some unpopular political decision affection Scotland. 
    Meanwhile, Isabelle and Edward’s son, Edward III, grew to manhood. One of the first things he did was arrest and execute Roger Mortimer, and seizing control of the country for himself. Isabelle, estranged with her son, lived alone but in great style. 
    Author Colin Falconer has brought Isabelle’s story to life in his latest novel, Isabelle: Braveheart of France. He portrays this fascinating royal woman as strong and wise. Although history records her as cruel, manipulative, and ruthless, perhaps that is an unfair moniker considering all that she had to endure. I can’t imagine her humiliation as her husband flaunted his male lovers. The author does a wonderful job showing this to the readers.
    Wonderful descriptive and succinct prose graces each page of this biographical novel.  

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