In the year of grace 1308, Isabelle of France marries Edward II of England, becoming his queen consort. She soon discovers, however, that the king is not the man of her dreams but rather an unstable, erratic individual who prefers digging ditches and thatching roofs to running the country, coupled with a dangerous obsession for greedy and ambitious male favorites who do not like sharing the king's favors. Isolated and powerless in the English court, Isabelle struggles to protect herself and her children as she slowly gains friends and allies. But how can she, a woman, prevent her adopted country from descending into the chaos of war between the barons and the king? And what is the meaning of the oubliette that haunts her dreams?
Newly revised and filled with meticulously researched detail, The Rogue Queen recounts the incredible true story of one woman who refused to accept society's limited role for her as it brings to vivid life the people and events of 14th century England.
I thoroughly enjoyed Marcia Maxwell's colorful story and I looked forward to hearing what Isabelle would be up to next when I made my daily commute walks. A lot of research clearly went into this historical faction novel! The descriptions of the equestrian scenes too were accurate and enjoyable. Some have commented on occasional anachronistic vocabulary/phrases and to that I say big effing deal. It's a story. Of fiction.
I appreciated the versatility in the narrator's reading voices, I found myself wanting her to bring down Isabelle's speaking voice from what seemed to be a a fussy falsetto to Isabelle's "regular" first person voice. This will make more sense when you buy the Audible book, which I recommend without reservation.