In Newgate Street, in the city of London, stand the meagre ruins of Christ Church. On the same site once stood a royal mausoleum set to rival Westminster Abbey in the 14th century. Among the many crowned heads buried there was Isabella of France, Edward II's queen - one of the most notorious femme fatales in history. But how did she acquire her evil reputation? And is it justified? Alison Weir's engrossing biography sets out to put the record straight.
©2005 Alison Weir; (P) W F Howes Ltd
"Pierces the veil of history with scholarly precision....A serious rendering of a sensational life." (Irish Times)
A serious student of English royalty through the ages would probably find this fascinating.
I would listen to a historical novel, but not a biography by Alison Weir..
No, I haven't listened to any other performances by Lisette Lecat, but I find her voice pleasant and clearly understandable.
I was disappointed.
I found this book fascinating. If you looking for fiction you will be disappointed but if you are looking for an interesting history. This is it, I loved it. It looks at what we do know about Queen Isabella and what we do not know. It does speculate a little and brings some new theories to the forefront that I had not heard before or did not remember. It also looks at her and the changes that her actions caused to the monarchy. I would read Alison Weir's non fiction again. I liked it as much as her fiction. Just keep in mind that this is not her fiction.
Having recently had to make a very long car trip at short notice, I was very lucky to have Isabella on my Ipod. A great story, well read, beautifully enunciated, it was an excellent companion, and helped make my journey less tedious.
Excellent historical detail and research to back up the information. Sometimes too detailed, but that's what you get when detailing history. Very well done.........kd
Alison Weir always does such an amazing job. This story is wonderful, start to finish. I loved it; didn't want it to end. So many interesting facts. My perception of Isabella has changed dramatically because of this book. The narrator did a superb job.
Her focus on righting the wrong done to her, as well as the country, was very insightful. Such a contrast to how the story was told in other historical accounts.
I loved the narrator. It was my first time listening to a book with Ms. Lecat as the narrator. I'll be sure to seek out other books she has narrated..
Recommended for any history buff, but also for anyone just looking for a good story.
I wish I could get my credit back. I should have believed the other reviews. The author took an interesting subject and packed it with tedium.
I enjoyed Eleanor of Aquitaine, in novel form, much more but still found this book interesting. The narration was excellent. Isabella: The She-Wolf of France is full of dates and facts yet the author manages to make the story of this woman interesting. I appreciate that Alison Weir looks at history from a female point of view and redeems women who have been treated unfairly by historians.
I agree with some of the other reviewers, this book is quite dull. I too had read the author's other book "Innocent Traitor". This book was as different from "Innocent Traitor" as night is from day. I rarely stop listening to a book but this time it was so tedious that I had to stop listening long before the end.
This book may be exactly what some people are looking for. However, it was not what I thought it would be. I rushed to purchase this after finishing Innocent Traitor, another book by this author. I thoroughly enjoyed that book because it was written like a story in first person. This is more like a textbook and just a little too "non-fiction" for me. I want to learn about history but not this much! After several years of listening to around 3-4 audiobooks each month, this is the first time I have EVER not finished one. I didn't even last 2 hours! I highly recommend Innocent Traitor though.
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