Wet and dry
Doncaster 17th February
Bishopsthorpe 21st February
Where might she have gone?
The Ovulation Cycle
Isabelles ovulation pattern
Mortimer and his wife
The Wormsgau line
The Holy Family of Wales
By the year 1300 All the various lines of holy blood, with the exception of the Sangreal had been concentrated in one person – Roger Mortimer. At sixteen Isabella of France already had an interest in geneology. She would have know of the unusual concentration of “holy blood” in one man.
When I was young, during world war II, when it seemed possible that Germany would triumph, all schoolchildren were taught that Britain was an impregnable fortress, unconquered since 1066. It was good propaganda, it instilled a belief that Britain could not be beaten,but it is just not true!Isabella (the French princess) and her lover Roger Mortimer successfully invaded England in 1326 , deposing and perhaps murdering Isabella’s husband King Edward II.
There is a popular french book,by Maurice de Duron, and two television series based on it, called “Les Rois Maudites”, which translates into English, rather awkardly. as “The Accursed Kings”. These accursed kings included Isabelle and her children.
The story splits rather conveniently into three parts.
Initially, Isabella’s father Philipe IV (The Fair) arrests every Knight Templar in France and accuses them of heresy. Jaques de Molay, the Grand Master of the Templars, had been Isabelle’s godfather, but this did not prevent his arrest, torture and ultimately his death, by burning at the stake.
During the torture of his execution in which he was deliberately slow rosted, Molat declared that God was on his side and both the the Pope and the King of france would be dead within the year and that the wrath of God would fall on Phillipe’s children.
Isabelle had three brothers,Louis,Phillipe and Charles. Isabella discovered, and gave testimony to support her discovery,that the wives of all three brothers were involved in extra marital relationships. This testimony destabilised and ultimately destroyed the house of Capet apart from her own children, the only male survivors, which is just possibly what she intended.
It is possible that Edward III was in fact the son of Roger Mortimer, not Edward II.
In even saying this I am in direct conflict with Kathryn Warner who carries out a non stop campaign to defend Edward II’s reputation. Simplistic histories have Mortimer in Ireland from 1308 until 1318. However it is recorded elsewhere that Mortimer travelled continuously alternating between his estates in Ireland, his estates in the Welsh marches and attendances at court.
Kathryn is not simplistic she has the records which place Isabelle and Edward together in York from the 22nd February 1312 exactly full term before Edward III’s birth on 13 November. Isabella, Edward and Piers Gaveston ,Edward II’s male lover, then travelled north to Tynemouth shadowed by an army of barons intent on assassinating Gaveston.
Edward and Gavescon escaped from Tynemouth by boat to Scarborough on May 5th but Isabelle travelled back by land to York, apparently unthreatened by the army surrounding Tynemouth. Her husband left Gavescon in Scarborough and joined his wife in York.
On the 19 May Gavescon surrendered and was brought first to York and then taken to oxfordshire, where he was kidnapped and murdered on the 19th June. despite these events Edward and Isabella found time to take a two day excursion on the river Ouse on the 10th and 11th of June.
These dates apparently make it impossible for Mortimer to be the father of Edward III. However the relationship between Roger and Isabelle was known in France at the time of the Tour Nestlé affair in 1313.
There is also the question of what was happening in the period leading up to the 22nd of February. Isabella took the whole of this month to travel north from london and then the last four days to travel the last four days from Doncaster to York, a distance of less than thirty miles. She could have conceived on any of these days. The person who gave her safe conduct in Tynemouth was Thomas of Lancaster. His major stronghold was Pontefract Castle near Wakefield. The deviation from doncaster would have taken an extra eighteen miles. Just suppose that Isabelle made the deviation to negotiate her own safety. Just suppose that Mortimer already unhappy with aspects of Edward II’s rule attended the meeting seeking her support against Gavescon.
This is all supposition and then again there is the fact that in the period leading up to 1322 she had not one but four children. Could Mortimer have fathered all four children?
Mortimer was sent to Ireland in 1316, returning to England two years later,immediately becoming involved in a revolt against Edward. The revolt failed and he was imprisoned in the tower of london from where he escaped to France in 1323.
Isabelle’s brother Philip V died in 1322 and Charles IV ruled france, without any male heirs in 1327
Isabelle followed Mortimer to France at the first opportunity taking her eldest son with her (1325).
She was supposed to be arranging a peace treaty between England and France but in fact proposed Edward as the French king. She quoted Mortimers heritage as evidence of edward’s nobility and the precedence of Hugh Capet for nobility taking precedence over lineage. In the aftermath of the Tour Nestlé affair her confirmation that Edward was illegitimate horrified the french and in particular charles de valois edwards competitor who was acting as king Charles advisor.
There was only the crown of england left open to her. she chose nor to return as edward II’s wife but as an invader. She departed to hainhault where she confirmed arrangements for edward’s marriage to Phillips d’asvenses and negotiated for the provision of an invasion fleet her army for the invasion was raised in Ponthieu, a french county which was in her personal domaign.
Once in England she obtained support from many of the baron’s who thought she would simply control the kings behaviour.
Instead Edward II was persuaded to resign and vanished either to leave england or to be murdered in the most horrible fashion. Isabella’s son Edward III was crowned king in 1327 but the real power was in the hands of Isabella and Mortimer. In the persecution of the war in scotland it was her younger son John at 15-16 who commanded the army. He was successful but died at perth in 1336 at age 20.
After Edward II’s death isabelle plans to marry mortimer and to have a legitimate child whho could well force through a claim to the french throne and thereby limiting edward III’s own prospects
1n 1399 Henry Boligbroke repeated the feat and again the reigning king, Edward III’s son Richard II, was murdered. edward
if Edward III is son of Edward II then richard ii has the hereditary right to be king of england. he is however not as noble as henry iv and in particular not as noble as henry v. the capet judgement supported by the church proved that it is nobility which counts.
if edward III is the son of mortimer then he is noble but undeniably illegitimate and therefore entitled to nothing