Isabella of Gloucester

(d. 1217) queen of England, first consort of King John

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B. c.1160, da. of William FitzRobert, 2nd earl of Gloucester; m. (1) John (later king of England), 29 Aug. 1189; (2) Geoffrey de Mandeville, earl of Essex, 1214; (3) Hubert de Burgh, 1217; d. 14 Oct. 1217; bur. Canterbury.

Isabella's marriage to John seems to have been purely nominal, and she was never crowned. She was betrothed to John in 1176, when he was nine, in order to provide him with some estates. There were no children, and the couple do not seem to have lived together. As soon as he came to the throne, John obtained a divorce and remarried. Isabella was still a valuable asset and seems to have been held in comfortable captivity. In 1214, John gave her and the earldom of Gloucester to Geoffrey de Mandeville in a straightforward cash deal. On Geoffrey's death in a tournament in 1216, Isabella was placed in the charge of Hubert de Burgh, earl of Kent, who married her a few days before her death. All three marriages seem to have been commercial transactions.

Subjects: British History.

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