Isabelle (Angoulême) de Lusignan

Isabelle (Angoulême) de Lusignan (1188 - 1246)

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Isabelle "Countess of Angoulême, Queen of England" de Lusignan formerly Angoulême aka of England, de la Marche, d'Angoulême
Born in Angoulême, Charente, Poitou-Charentes, Francemap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married in Bordeaux, Francemap
Wife of — married in Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Fontevrault, Maine-et-Loire, Pays de la Loire, Francemap
Profile last modified | Created 27 Apr 2014
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Isabella was betrothed to Hugh IX de Lusignan when John met her in 1200. John needed an heir and was covetous of the county of Angouleme. John brushed aside Hugh's protests and married Isabella, an act which brought on war with King Phillip of France (perhaps Phillip used this event as a pretext). Some have said that it was John's idle dalliance with Isabella which caused John to lose his French territories, however, one historian relates that "...John was quite capable of losing them without her assistance." After John's death in 1215, Isabella went to France where in 1220 she married Hugh X de Lusignan, son of her previous betrothed.

Death and burial of Isabelle of Angouleme

(Royal Tombs of Medieval England) Isabelle was a daughter of Aymer, Count of Angouleme, and Alice Courtenay, she marrying John of England in 1200. Following John's death in 1216, she married Hugh de Lusignan, Count of Poitou, to whom she had earlier been betrothed. In 1243 Isabelle was accused of plotting the death of Louis IX of France, and retired to Fontevrault Abbey, where she died in 1246. Isabelle was originally buried in the nuns' cemetery, but in 1254 her body was reinterred in the presence of her son, Henry III, near the other royal tombs in the Fontevrault choir. Henry had earlier founded a chantry for his mother in his new abbey choir in Westminster, endowed with a modest yearly income. Raymond of Toulouse (d.1249), Isabelle's son with Hugh de Lusignan, was also buried at Fontevrault.


  • "Royal Ancestry" 2013 Vol. I. p. 43-44 and 58
  • "Royal Ancestry" Douglas Richardson, 2013 Vol. V. p. 310
  • Royal Tombs of Medieval England M. Duffy 2003 p. 70-71

Costain, T.B. (1962) The Conquering Family, (pp.251-52). Garden City, NY: Doubleday and Co. Inc.

Costain, T.B. (1959). The Magnificent Century, (pp. 144-45). Garden City, NY: Doubleday and Company, Inc

"Isabella of Angoulême."

Isabella of Angouleme: John's Jezebel. Nicholas Vincent, King John: New Interpretations, ed. S.D. Church, (Boydell Press, 1999), 171, 177.

Nicholas Vincent, « Isabella , suo jure countess of Angoulême (c.1188–1246) », Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, (2004). Oxford University Press. Web. Accessed Jan 2006.

Fougère, S. (1998). Isabelle d'Angoulême, Reine d'Angleterre. N.p.

Pertz Chronica ævi Suevici (Monumenta Germaniæ Historica, Scriptores 23) (1874): 874 (Chron. of Alberic de Trois-Fontaines: “… que domna Petro de Cortenaio, regis Philippi patruo, peperit comitem Petrum Comitem Autissiodorensem et Robertum de Cortenaio et quendam Guilelmum et sorores eorum. Una Alaydis comiti Guilelmo Ioviniaci peperit comitem Petrum, et post Engolismensi comiti peperit Isabellam modernam Anglie reginam …”).

“The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England“, Revised and Updated [Paperback] by Antonia Fraser.

Weis, F.L. (1992). Ancestral Roots, (7th ed). N.p.


N441Sspouse listed as Hugues Lusignan and John Plantagenet.


Thank you to Margaret Moyer for creating WikiTree profile Taillefer-168 through the import of mmcook3.ged on May 24, 2013. Click to the Changes page for the details of edits by Margaret and others.

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Isabella of Angouleme Sarcophagus
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On 21 Apr 2018 at 16:05 GMT Stephen McCallum wrote:

558 Wikidata - Different death date

On 27 Jan 2018 at 14:53 GMT Vicki (McCrory) Kennedy wrote:

In August of 1200 John swept into Angoulême and stole 12 year old Isabella, the young bride to be of Hugh de Lusignan. John took the girl to Bordeaux and married her. (Information taken from “The Plantagenets, The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England,” by Dan Jones.)

On 18 Feb 2015 at 18:19 GMT Michele (Britton) Camera wrote:

Berenger-129 and Angoulême-40 appear to represent the same person because: these two records are the same woman but the naming convention in Angouleme-40 is more accurate.

On 30 Jun 2014 at 05:45 GMT Vic Watt wrote:

Angoulême-40 and Angouleme-4 appear to represent the same person because: Please merge. Thanks.

On 5 Jul 2013 at 02:28 GMT Vic Watt wrote:

I've just spent 3 hours cleaning up the biography for Isabella Taillefer, and it still could be improved. Any help would be appreciated.

On 28 Jun 2013 at 15:52 GMT Glenn Kittredge wrote:

There was a Hawise Tracy who may have been the daughter of Eva Londres and considered a mistress of John

On 4 Jun 2013 at 13:36 GMT Wendy (Smith) Hampton wrote:

Ah-ha so Isabella Angouleme and Eva Taillefer are one and the same person, maybe it would help if her other names were added.

On 24 Oct 2011 at 17:33 GMT Cody Coggins wrote:

King John actually had two different spouses named Isabella:

Consort Isabel, Countess of Gloucester m. 1189; ann. 1199 Isabella of Angoulême m. 1200; wid. 1216 -

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