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Portuguese princess Isabel married Philip the Good of Burgundy in 1429, a time when the powerful Duchy of Burgundy teetered on the brink of becoming a kingdom separate from France. From her marriage until her death in 1471, this remarkable woman rebelled against the social constraints of her time and played a major role in international negotiations on behalf of Burgundy; after mediating several crucial conferences, she sealed a series of trade agreements with England, her chosen ally, despite the pro-French sympathies of her husband and other members of his court. In Isabel of Burgundy, author Aline Taylor tells the dramatic story of Isabel's battle against the pro-French faction in Burgundy and its network of spies, her support of English monarch Edward IV during the Wars of the Roses, and her attempts to gain a crown for her adored son Charles. A true-life historical drama, Isabel of Burgundy is a story of pageantry and royal splendor, plots and counter-plots, betrayals, an uprising led by Joan of Arc, and devastating warfare. It is also the personal account of a woman, wife, and mother, and the tragedies she faced as she tried to keep her family together.