sabel was the daughter of Richard Neville, the Earl of Warwick, and was born at Warwick Castle. Warwick arranged the marriage of Isabel to the brother of King Edward IV, George Duke of Clarence. This was against the King's wishes and the plan was to depose Edward and place Clarence on the throne of England. Dispensation from the Pope was required because both Isabel and Clarence were related, both being descended from Edward III. The marriage took place in France in July 1469. Isabel had four children, the first child died shortly after it was born. Isabel died shortly after giving birth to her second son at the age of twenty-five at Warwick Castle.
Warwick and the Duke of Clarence travelled to France where Clarence was married to Warwick's fifteen year old daughter Isabel. The ceremony was conducted by Warwick's brother George Neville the Archbishop of York.
After their treachery had been uncovered, the Earl of Warwick and Duke of Clarence fled to France. Warwick's plan was to get help from the French King. They took a ship with their immediate relatives and followers from either Exeter or Dartmouth. Isabella, Warwick's daughter, gave birth on the ship to a son, but he died shortly afterwards. When they reached Calais, the deputy-governor, John Lord Wenlock, refused them entry to the harbour and fired his guns at them. ¹
Isabel, the wife of George, Duke of Clarence died a few months after giving birth to her second child. Clarence chose Mary of Burgundy as his next wife. Mary was the heir to the Duchy of Burgundy and had a good claim to the English throne. Edward saw the danger of his brother marrying Mary and claiming the throne and prevented the marriage going ahead. ¹
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1. Anthony Cheetham, Life and times of Richard III, ISBN:0-297-83167-4