In her day the beauteous Isabella of Angoulˆme, wife of King John of England, was accused of seducing her husband into neglecting his kingly duties. After his death and back in France, she and her second husband were suspected of plotting to assassinate the king of France while striving to carve out their own undisputed domain. Isabella's turbulent life spanned the late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries, when England and France were embroiled in a life-and-death struggle for control in Europe. The reader will meet kings and queens, popes and prelates, courtiers and warriors--the power elite of the day. Playing a central role is Isabella, an ambitious and fascinAting woman, aware of the power of her beauty, willing to dare all in order to be and be seen as a queen.