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FRANCIS LANCELOTT, ESQ. Queens of England. Vol.1.

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FRANCIS LANCELOTT, ESQ.
Queens of England. Vol.1.
page 212



mediately discovered and thwarted the designs of the crafty Philip, and the truce was concluded by the Earls of Doncastcr and of Eu. During her confinement in Castle Rising, which she quitted once, and, aa far as is known, only once, to be witness to an important state document, Isabella suffered from an occasional aberration of intellect. The death of Mortimer, and a deeply-guilty conscience, brought on an access of madness, so severe, that, although she recovered, she was ever afterwards subject to painful fits of insanity. She died rather suddenly, on the twenty-second of August, 1358, in about the sixty-seventh year of her age, and was interred, with becoming pomp and solemnity, in the church of the Grey Friars, in London, to which she herself had been a munificent patroness, and where the remains of her beloved Mortimer had been buried twenty-eight years previously. AVhctber Edward the Third followed the remains of Isabella to the tomb is not known; but, according to the "Fosdera," he ordered the Parous of the Exchequer to pay nine pounds to the Sheriffs, for the purpose of cleansing and gravelling Aldgato and liishopsgate Street against the coming of the body of Queen Isabella; and it is mentioned in the " Monasticon," that he caused the great west window of the Grey Friars Church to be glazed, " for the repose cf tho soul of his dearest mother." The fine alabaster tomb erected over the grave of the " She-wolf of France," as Isabella was at the close of her life named by the common people, has long since been levelled to the dust, and even the precise spot where the remains of the too-guilty Queen repose, is now unknown.


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