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Isabel of Burgundy

the duchess who played politics in the age of Joan of Arc, 1397-1471

1st Madison Books ed.

Published by Madison Books in Lanham, MD, USA .
Written in English

About the Book

When the powerful Duke of Burgundy, Philip the Good, took a Portuguese princess as his third wife, he found he had married a woman who not only had large ambitions, but also the ingenuity and determination to attain them. For more than twenty-five years after her marriage in 1429, Isabel wielded considerable influence in the domestic and foreign affairs of Burgundy, a small, strategically placed duchy battling to maintain its independence and prosperity in a triangular struggle with England and France. First as a mediator and then as a negotiator who was recognized as speaking with the full authority of Burgundy during her husband's absences, Isabel faced Charles VII of France across the bargaining table, fought to secure Burgundy's economic future and political sovereignty, and helped maintain domestic equilibrium during civil rebellions. In tracing Isabel's career, one follows a court's descent from opulence to dissolution; from the Burgundian forces' capture and betrayal of Joan of Arc to the rise of King Louis XI, who absorbed the duchy into his realm. Blending vivid detail with historical analysis, this first biography of this exceptional woman is a twisting narrative of splendor and greed, of plots and counterplots, of betrothals and betrayals, of personal skirmishes and all-out war. Isabel of Burgundy is a colorful and compelling portrait of a Renaissance woman in a medieval world marked by almost perpetual warfare, court intrigue, plague, civil rebellion, and dynastic strife and of her pursuit of power both for herself and for her people. - Jacket.

First Sentence

The Duchess Isabel of Burgundy walked purposefully beside her husband, Philip the Good, as they left the private chapel of the ducal palace in Brussels.

Table of Contents

Flashpoint: Isabel in jeopardy: 1457
The Renaissance princess, the medieval bride, 1397-1431
A diplomatic education, 1432-1435
The duchess at the negotiating table at home and abroad, 1435-1445
Dual challenges from France and England, 1446-1453
The eclipse of Isabel, 1454-1456
Retreat, reconciliation, and renewed challenge, 1457-1460
The changing cast of royal players, 1461-1466
Madame La Grande, 1467-1470
The death of Isabel: danger for Burgundy, 1471
About the author

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.



Dewey Decimal Class
944/.41025/092, B
Library of Congress
DC611.B78 T39 2001

The Physical Object

xxiv, 232 p.
Number of pages
23.6 x 15.5 x 2.5 centimeters

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LC Control Number
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