Edward II and his wife, Isabella had some difficulties in their marriage, and Edward conveniently disappeared during 1327, leaving Isabella space to find a wife suitable for her son, Edward III. Her eye settled upon a girl in Flanders, Philippa of Hainault. She was first inspected by a deputation of bishops and found fit, then married by proxy, then married formally in York Minster on January 24th 1328.
Edward and Philippa were both teenagers, she probably a year older than Edward, as far as can be determined.
Was this a recipe for disaster, would they survive the court intrigue and the ambitions of Isabella and her illicit lover, Mortimer, both determined to exploit the youngsters to the full?
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