Isabel Countess of Gloucester

Female 1173 - 1217  (44 years)


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  • Name Isabel Countess of Gloucester 
    Born 1173  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 14 Oct 1217  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Canterbury Cathedral Cemetery, Canterbury, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I750  King of Scots
    Last Modified 14 Feb 2009 

    Family John (Lackland) King of England,   b. 24 Dec 1166, Beaumont Palace Oxford, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1216, Newark Castle Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Married 29 Aug 1189  Marlborough Castle Marlborough, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 14 Feb 2009 
    Family ID F306  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1173 - England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 29 Aug 1189 - Marlborough Castle Marlborough, Wiltshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 14 Oct 1217 - England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Canterbury Cathedral Cemetery, Canterbury, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Isabel of Gloucester (c.1173 ? 14 October 1217) was the first wife of King John of England. This historical figure is known by an exceptionally large number of alternative names: Hadwisa, Hawise, Joan, Eleanor, Avise and Avisa.

      Lineage
      Isabel was the daughter of the William Fitz Robert, 2nd Earl of Gloucester and his wife, Hawise. Her paternal grandfather, Robert, 1st Earl of Gloucester, was the illegitimate son of Henry I, King of England. Her father died in 1183 and, as he had no male heirs, his title merged in the Crown, but a new creation was granted to her in 1186 and she became Countess of Gloucester.


      [edit] Royal Marriage & Annullment
      On 29 August 1189, she married John, Earl of Cornwall at Marlborough Castle in Wiltshire and he assumed the title in her right. Shortly before or after John's accession as King in 1199, he had the marriage annulled by Pope Boniface VIII on the grounds of consanguinity (they were second cousins as descendants of King Henry I). As a result, Isabel was never recognised as Queen of England and her former title merged in the Crown.


      Later Marriages
      Isabel later married Geoffrey FitzGeoffrey de Mandeville, the Earl of Essex, on 20 January 1214. He died in 1216. A year after Essex's demise she married Hugh de Burgh (later Earl of Kent) in September 1217.


      Death & Burial
      Isabel died a just a month later that year and was interred in Canterbury Cathedral.


      Isabel in fiction
      A very fanciful depiction of her as a witch appears in The Devil and King John, a historical novel by Philip Lindsay, where she is called Hadwisa.
      She also appears as the character Hadwisa in Robin of Sherwood.


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