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Isabella: Braveheart of France | [Colin Falconer]

Isabella: Braveheart of France

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 Colin Falconer (P)2014 Colin Falconer

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    Hatchue 06-10-14
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Isabella: Braveheart of France?

    I liked the part towards the end where Isabella makes the decision to accept the role of emissary to France and then takes advantage of it to take charge of her own life by going against the king.


    Have you listened to any of Anne Johnstonbrown’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I hadn't heard anything by Anne Johnstonbrown before but I liked her performance. She had a pleasant voice and put just the right amount of emotional emphasis into it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Unless it's an exceptionally engaging story, I find it hard to listen for that long, haha. But it was a decent story and I probably could have done it if I didn't have other things I had to do.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't care for the way that it was written all in the present tense, but that's more of a personal preference. I might have bought a different book if I had known this, though.

    I don't know anything about the real Isabella of France that the book was based on, so I can't judge how true to life this story may or may not have been, but it was a believable story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    By Marlene Stewart Oxnard, CA United States 08-27-14
    By Marlene Stewart Oxnard, CA United States 08-27-14 Member Since 2012
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    What made the experience of listening to Isabella: Braveheart of France the most enjoyable?

    The voice was soothing and the accents were recognizable but understandable


    What other book might you compare Isabella: Braveheart of France to and why?

    This is my first Audible Book


    What about Anne Johnstonbrown’s performance did you like?

    She had an excellent read style. Very talented reader.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    ye at several occasions


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