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Isabel of Burgundy: The Duchess Who Played Politics in the Age of Joan of…
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0752423150, Paperback)Portuguese princess Isabel married Philip the Good of Burgundy in 1429, a time when the powerful Duchy of Burgundy teetered on the brink of becoming a kingdom separate from France. From her marriage until her death in 1471, this remarkable woman rebelled against the social constraints of her time and played a major role in international negotiations on behalf of Burgundy; after mediating several crucial conferences, she sealed a series of trade agreements with England, her chosen ally, despite the pro-French sympathies of her husband and other members of his court. In Isabel of Burgundy, author Aline Taylor tells the dramatic story of Isabel's battle against the pro-French faction in Burgundy and its network of spies, her support of English monarch Edward IV during the Wars of the Roses, and her attempts to gain a crown for her adored son Charles. A true-life historical drama, Isabel of Burgundy is a story of pageantry and royal splendor, plots and counter-plots, betrayals, an uprising led by Joan of Arc, and devastating warfare. It is also the personal account of a woman, wife, and mother, and the tragedies she faced as she tried to keep her family together.
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Isabel (1397-1471), third wife of Philip the Good Duke of Burgundy, played a powerful role in the court politics and foreign affairs of this small duchy until her machinations led to her banishment. Taylor's accessible narrative history sets Isabel's life and her struggles for personal and financial independence against the fascinating backdrop of civil war, family feuds and warfare, notably Burgundy's betrayal of Joan of Arc.
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