Cultural depictions of Isabella of France
Isabella of France (1295 – 22 August 1358) was Queen of England and the daughter of Philip IV of France. Sometimes called the "She-Wolf of France", she was a key figure in the rebellion which deposed her husband, Edward II of England, in favor of their eldest son Edward III. This event, as well as Isabella's affair with Roger Mortimer and Edward II's relationships with Piers Gaveston and Hugh Despenser the Younger, have prompted Isabella's portrayal multiple times in literature and visual media.
Theatre and poetryEdit
- Edward II (c. 1592), play by Christopher Marlowe
- Mortimer His Fall (1641), an unfinished play by Ben Jonson
- The Bard (1757), poem by Thomas Gray
- L'assedio di Calais (The Siege of Calais) (1836), opera in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti
- The Life of Edward II of England (1923), play by Bertolt Brecht based on Marlowe's play
- Edward II (1995), ballet in two acts based on Marlowe's play, directed by David Bintley with music by John McCabe
- Les Rois maudits (The Accursed Kings), a French historical novel series by Maurice Druon, in particular:
- Isabel the Fair (1957) by Margaret Campbell Barnes
- Harlot Queen (1970) by Hilda Lewis
- Lord of Misrule (1972) by Eve Trevaskis
- The Queen and Mortimer (1974) by Brenda Honeyman
- The King's Minions (1974) by Brenda Honeyman (prequel to The Queen and Mortimer)
- She-Wolf (1975) by Pamela Bennetts
- Where Nobles Tread (1975) by Janet Kilbourne
- King's Wake (1977) by Eve Trevaskis
- Brittle Glory (1977) by Jean Evans
- A Love So Bold (1978) historical romance by Annelise Kamada
- The Follies of the King (1980) by Jean Plaidy (Book 8 in the Plantagenet series)
- The Gascon (1984) by John Colin Penford
- Isabella, the She-Wolf (1985) by Maureen Peters
- Gaveston (1992) by Chris Hunt
- Letter from Poitou (2004) by Michael Eardley
- The Traitor's Wife: A Novel of the Reign of Edward II (2005) by Susan Higginbotham
- Mathilde of Westminster, an historical mystery series by Paul C. Doherty:
- Queen of Shadows (2006) by Edith Felber
- Knights Templar Mysteries, a series by Michael Jecks, in particular:
- The Ruling Passion (2008) by David Pownall
- The King's Mistress (2010) by Emma Campion
- Isabella: Braveheart of France (2013) by Colin Falconer
- Gate of the Dead (2016) by David Gilman
Television, film and radioEdit
- Edward II (1970), BBC TV adaptation of Marlowe's play directed by Richard Marquand and Tony Robertson; Isabella is portrayed by Diane Fletcher
- Les Rois maudits (1972), French miniseries adaptation of the Druon novels directed by Claude Barma; Isabella is portrayed by Geneviève Casile
- Edward II (1982), French TV film adaptation Marlowe's play directed by Bernard Sobel; Isabella is portrayed by Hélène Vincent
- Edward II (1991), film based on Marlowe's play and directed by Derek Jarman; Isabella is portrayed by Tilda Swinton
- Braveheart (1995), film directed by Mel Gibson; Isabella is portrayed by Sophie Marceau
- Les Rois maudits (2005), French miniseries adaptation of the Druon novels directed by Josée Dayan; Isabella is portrayed by Julie Gayet
- The Ruling Passion (2008), audio presentation of Pownall's novel in 10 episodes of the BBC Radio 4 programme Book at Bedtime, read by David Horovitz
- World Without End (2012), miniseries directed by Michael Caton-Jones; Isabella is portrayed by Aure Atika (the miniseries is based on the 2007 Ken Follett novel of the same name in which Isabella does not appear)
- Knightfall (2017), television series about the Knights Templar; Isabella is portrayed by Sabrina Bartlett.
Illuminated manuscript illustrationsEdit
15th century miniature showing the future Edward III giving homage to Charles IV, under the guidance of his mother Isabella in 1325.
15th century miniature of Isabella (left) directing the Siege of Bristol in October 1326.
Imaginative 15th century interpretation of Edward II's arrest by Isabella, seen watching from the right.
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- Ribner, Irving (1957). The English History Play in the Age of Shakespeare. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. p. 292.
- Weir, Alison (2006). Queen Isabella: She-Wolf of France, Queen of England. London: Pimlico Books. p. 2. ISBN 978-0-7126-4194-4.
- "The Siege of Calais, Gaetano Donizetti". ItalianOpera.org. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
- "John McCabe: Edward II (1995)". MusicSalesClassical.com. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
- "The Iron King by Maurice Druon". Kirkus Reviews. 20 January 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
- White, Julian (7 December 2012). "Book Review: The Iron King (The Accursed Kings, Book 1)". Starburst. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
- Hanley, Sarah. "Imagining the Last Capetians: Maurice Druon, The Accursed Kings". Film and Fiction for French Historians: A Cultural Bulletin. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
- Massie, Allan (27 March 2015). "The Original Game of Thrones". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
- "Novels of the Late 13th, 14th and 15th Centuries in Europe". HistoricalNovels.info. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
- Johnson, Sarah (10 April 2006). "Reviews of Obscure Books: Eve Trevaskis, The Lord of Misrule". Reading the Past. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
- Donsbach, Margaret. "Review: The Traitor's Wife: A Novel of the Reign of Edward II by Susan Higginbotham". HistoricalNovels.info. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
- Dawson, Sue (25 May 2012). "The Ruling Passion - David Pownall". Bristol Review of Books. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
- Warner, Kathryn (17 February 2011). "Book Review: The Ruling Passion by David Pownall". Retrieved 23 October 2015.
- "Edward II (6 August 1970)". BBC Two. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
- Guyard, Bertrand (11 July 2013). "The First Accursed Kings on History". Le Figaro (in French). Retrieved 15 October 2015.
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- Rutter, Tom (2012). The Cambridge Introduction to Christopher Marlowe. Cambridge University Press. p. 125. ISBN 978-0-521-19634-5. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
- James, Caryn (24 May 1995). "Film Review: Braveheart (1995)". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
- Travers, Peter (24 May 1995). "Braveheart". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
- "Official website: Les Rois maudits (2005 miniseries)" (in French). 2005. Archived from the original on 15 August 2009. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
- "Les Rois maudits: Casting de la saison 1" (in French). AlloCiné. 2005. Archived from the original on 19 December 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
- "Book at Bedtime: The Ruling Passion". BBC Radio 4. Fall 2008. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
- Rooney, David (19 October 2012). "World Without End: TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
- Andreeva, Nellie (14 June 2016). "Knightfall: History Sets Cast for Jeremy Renner-Produced Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 21 June 2016.