Note: Isabella was believed to have been her father's favourite daughter and as a baby was much pampered by her parents. She slept in a gilded cradle lined with taffeta and covered with a fur blanket. Her gowns were of imported Italian silk, embroidered with jewels and fur lined. Isabella had, the same as her brothers and sisters, a household of servants, three ladies-in-waiting as well as a staff of grooms, clerks, butlers, cooks and other attendants. Which rather sounds as if she was thoroughly spoilt! When she was just 3 years old her father attempted to arrange a marriage between Isabella and Pedro of Castile, the Castilian King's heir, however, her younger sister Joan later would become his chosen bride. She has been described as being over-indulged, wilful and wildly extravagent, Isabella rather strangely for the times remained unmarried until she was 33. She had previously been the subject of various bethrothal proposals but these had come to nothing. She had been due to marry when she was 19 in Gascony but at the last moment changed her mind and the marriage was called off. There is no sign that her father was ever angry with her for her bad behaviour as he granted her custody of Birstall Priory in Yorkshire in 1355. He also settled a sum of 1,000 marks per year on her. Isabella was described as having been dark haired, dark eyed and rather sallow of complexion. Eventually she was permitted to marry Enguerrand VII, a wealthy French Lord with whom she had fallen in love. although he was 7 years younger, he was the son and heir of Enguerrand VI and Katharina von Habsburg. Her new husband had been brought to England as a hostage exchanged for the freedom of King John II of France, an English prisoner. With her father giving Isabella a large lifetime income together with expensive jewelry and lands, de Courcy was restored his family lands in Yorkshire, Lancashire, Westmoreland and Cumberland and was released as a hostage without any need for ransom. Isabella was at her father's side when he died on 21 June 1377 having been urgently called home from France. after Richard II came to the throne, Enguerrand resigned all of his English ties and possessions. Isabella then died in England under mysterious circumstances, separated from her husband and eldest daughter.
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