period: Isabelle d’Angoulême

Isabelle d’Angoulême

Isabelle d’Angoulême (1188–1246) was suo jure Countess of Angoulême, and queen consort of England as the second wife of King John. She was Queen from 1200 until John's death in 1216. She had five children by the King including his heir Henry who succeeded John as Henry III of England.

In 1220 Isabella married Hugh X of Lusignan, Count of La Marche, by whom she had another nine children.

Isabella formed a conspiracy against King Louis IX of France in 1241, after being publicly snubbed by his mother, Blanche of Castile for whom she had a deep-seated hatred. In 1244, after the plot had failed, Isabella was accused of attempting to poison the king, and to avoid arrest, sought refuge in Fontevraud Abbey where she died two years later aged about fifty-eight.

The movies

Ironclad (2011): Coming soon …

Robin Hood (2010): Featured Léa Seydoux as Isabelle d’Angoulême at around the time of the death of King Richard I and her marriage to John. Paul Engelen was the makeup designer.

The Devil’s Crown (1978): Coming soon …

Robin and Marian (1976): A young Victoria Abril made a very brief appearance as Isabella. JoséAntonio Sánchez was the makeup artist.