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Isabella of France

Queen Isabella and Bury St Edmunds Abbey

The Abbey Church of St Edmund was built between the 11th and 12th century, and the body of the martyred King Edmund was interred there in 1095. His shrine stood behind the high altar. The abbey church was once of the largest in the country, and it is now in ruins. One of its notable [read more]

Book Reviews

September 2017 Book News

The Life of Henrietta Anne: Daughter of Charles I Hardcover – 30 September 2017 (UK) & 2 January 2018 (US) Henrietta Anne Stuart, youngest child of Charles I and Henrietta Maria, was born in June 1644 in the besieged city of Exeter at the very height of the English Civil War. The hostilities had separated [read more]

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January 2017 Book News

Catherine of Aragon: An Intimate Life of Henry VIII’s True Wife Hardcover – 15 Oct 2016 (UK) & 10 January 2017 (US) Catherine of Aragon continues to fascinate readers 500 years after she became Henry VIII’s first queen. Her life was one of passion and determination, of suffering and hope, but ultimately it is a [read more]

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Isabella of France

Queens Regent – Isabella of France

A regent is “a person appointed to administer a state because the monarch is a minor, is absent or is incapacitated.” Isabella of France was born around 1295 as the daughter of Philip IV of France and Joan I of Navarre. She was their only surviving daughter and all three her elder brothers later became Kings [read more]