Isabella of France 19
- Born: 1292, Paris, Ile-de-France, France
- Marriage (1): Roger de Mortimer 1st Earl of March
- Marriage (2): Edward Plantagenet II on 25 Jan 1308 in Boulogne, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
- Died: 22 Aug 1358, Hertford Castle, Hertfordshire, , England aged 66
Isabella married Roger de Mortimer 1st Earl of March. (Roger de Mortimer 1st Earl of March was born on 25 Apr 1287 in Wigmore Castle, Herefordshire, England, died on 29 Nov 1330 in Tyburn, Middlesex, England and was buried in Wigmore Abbey, Herefordshire, England.)
Mortimer became disaffected with his king and joined the growing opposition to Edward II and the De Spensers. In company with other Marcher Lords, led a rebellion against Edward, which is known as the Despenser War.
In January 1322 Roger attacked and burnt Bridgnorth but, being heavily outnumbered, was forced to surrender to the king at Shrewsbury. Mortimer joined Lancaster at the Battle of Boroughbridge in May 1322 and warrants for his arrest were issued in July. A death sentence was passed upon Roger but this was commuted to life imprisonment and he was consigned to the Tower of London. In August 1323 Mortimer, aided by the Constable, Stephen de Segrave, drugged the warders and escaped. Roger eventually fled to France, pursued by warrants for his capture dead or alive.
In the following year Queen Isabella, anxious to escape from her husband, obtained his consent to her going to France to use her influence with her brother, King Charles IV, in favour of peace. At the French court the queen found Roger Mortimer, who became her lover soon afterwards. At his instigation, she refused to return to England so long as the De Spensers retained power as the king's favourites.
Historians have speculated as to the date at which Mortimer and Isabella actually became lovers. The modern view is that it began while both were still in England, and that after a disagreement, Isabella abandoned Roger to his fate in the Tower. His subsequent escape became one of medieval England's most colourful episodes. However almost certainly Isabella risked everything by chancing Mortimer's companionship and emotional support when they first met again at Paris four years later (Christmas 1325). King Charles IV's protection of Isabella at the French court from De Spenser's would-be assassins played a large part in developing the relationship.
Isabella next married Edward Plantagenet II, son of Edward Plantagenet I and Eleanor Of Castile, on 25 Jan 1308 in Boulogne, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France. (Edward Plantagenet II was born on 25 Apr 1284 in Caernarvonshire, Wales and died on 21 Sep 1327 in Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire, England.)